Iran vs. Mullets

The Islamic regime in Iran is well known for strictly requiring women to be covered head-to-toe when out in public. This week, the Islamic regime in Iran has issued new guidelines for men as well: hairstyle guidelines, that is.

And I’m afraid the mullet ain’t on the list, folks.

Reported earlier this week, the new guidelines don’t permit the infamous “business in the front, party in the back” look affectionately known as a “mullet” in Iran, despite its apparent popularity among young Persian men. Ponytails are also on the “no fly” list, and there’s even a mention of the “pompadour” made notorious by Prince — the musician, not an actual royal figure.

So what’s left to do, after these “looks” are banned? Approved hairstyles for men are much more traditional: short on the front and back, or perhaps a little longer but good ‘n gelled back (think “1980s greaser” and you’ll be on the right track.)

This was all revealed in the country’s Hijab and Chastity Festival, which was described as “a fashion event designed to show how the country’s youth can be stylish yet not run afoul of the fashion police” in the article I read. The scary thing is that “fashion police” has a much darker meaning in a country where you can be charged with a crime and severely punished for not dressing as ordered.

And here I thought Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a fashion tyrant!

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