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Rod’s root-less insult shows men’s obsession with their hair

John Daly


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Comedian Larry David: 'Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man? There’s your diamond in the rough’

Comedian Larry David: 'Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man? There’s your diamond in the rough’

Comedian Larry David: 'Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man? There’s your diamond in the rough’

When it comes to manly insults, there’s low blows, and then there’s high blows. The latter was the case last week when two ageing rockers took to trading insults. The spat began with Elvis Costello criticising Rod Stewart’s performance of Sweet Caroline at Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee concert. The Maggie May minstrel replied his poor vocals were due to Covid, before adding : “ Where’s your hair gone, mate?” Rock star meeow.

Enduring a follicle insult isn’t like being ethnic or disabled, author AA Gill once opined: “Everyone will make jokes about it and expect you to laugh good-naturedly, which you will.” In fact, rather than abide such a mauling of his mane, Elvis could take Rod to court. Calling a man bald can now be classed as sexual harassment, a UK employment tribunal ruled last month. An insult cast at electrician Tony Finn by a work colleague amounted to a “protected characteristic of sex”, according to the judges, who compared it to a 1995 case centred on the size of a woman’s breasts. As the Wagatha Christie skirmish exits one courthouse door, could the Battling Barnets enliven our summer by entering from another?


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