A Word on Mustache Discrimination
As someone who is dangerously close to having a mustache himself, this story really hit home for me (link has some NSFW pics farther down, but don’t worry, they’re tasteful). Perhaps it’s a subconcious fear of this kind of second-class treatment that is stopping me from shaving the rest of my beard and letting my lip fur proudly walk alone.
And no, this is not the only mustache discrimination we’ve seen this year. Yankees’ first baseman Jason Giambi and his magical mustache were cruelly denied a place in the all-star game, even though the mustache was clearly the talisman that turned around his season (for the second time).
Perhaps even more worrying is the fact that the US Supreme Court has ruled that a juror could disqualified on the basis of a mustache. Sadly, this trend has been gaining steam for years. The American Mustache Institute has recognized the “bias is everywhere, and the deep discrimination against the Mustached American race in the United States has been pervasive since the 1960s.” Unfortunately, it’s not just America that fears the ‘stache. The airline of seemingly peace-loving India has a corporate “anti-elaborate-mustache policy”. That policy is at least being challanged in court, but an anti-mustache ruling could set a dangerous precedent.
So maybe the next time you see someone with a mustache, don’t automatically assume they are a child molester, an undercover cop, or a porno actor. Don’t ask them for a mustache ride (but feel free to accept if offered). Mustached people are the same as you and me, and they deserve respect. Thank you.