Nowadays, it can be a lot harder to visually separate the “alt-right” from their hipster doppelgängers all because of a haircut.
We’ve all seen plenty of men with this haircut, which is officially called the “undercut”. The style consists of long hair on top with the sides shaved tightly. Actors, athletes, and musicians such as Ryan Gosling, David Beckham, and Macklemore have all sported the cut at one time or another.
The haircut first popped up in the early 1900s and lasted thru the 50s. During much of the 20th century, this was a dominant style of men, mainly amongst those in working-class communities. However, the most infamous example of the cut was that it became the distinctive style amongst Wehrmacht officers in Nazi Germany, as well as teenage boys who participated in rebel youth clubs dubbed as Hitler Youth.
In the last few years this particular cut came back into style and became popular among fashionable male urbanites. Then, last year after The Washington Post published a story about the self-described “alt-right” renaming the haircut as the “fashy” (as in facist) and calling it their signature look, the haircut took a very problematic turn. The style picked up steam during Trump’s inauguration when white nationalists organized themselves in the Nation’s Capital to celebrate Donald Trump’s presidency.
The final blow was when the video of “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer (whom was sporting the haircut at the time) getting punched in the head, not once but reportedly twice, went viral, resulting in more and more white supremacists adopting the hairstyle.
Now, this haircut that was once associated with sensitive professionals and known more for being a hipster cut has been taken over by extremists and seemingly understood as a style worn by those who promote hate.
In June, Donald Trump’s son, Eric, was seen donning the fascist cut, and the Twitterverse immediately recognized the style from Spencer as well as historical photos of Adolf Hitler and roasted the young Trump.
Look who got the "Alt-Reich" at Cost Cutters!— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) June 26, 2017
Subtle, Eric. pic.twitter.com/hK4gs7VABQ
Despite the hairstyle's growing popularity among white supremacists, not everyone is taking notice.
“Only one or two of my clients ever referred to it as the ‘Hitler Youth,’” Magdalena Hairrari, the owner of the Hairrari and Manetamed barbershops in New York told Mel Magazine. “I don’t think people should associate any cut with the Nazis. “
Haircuts are not politics and should be a fashion statement instead of being considered a symbol of hate. However, in the world we live in its more than likely that the undercut will not be the desired look for long.
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