No, Kiefer Sutherland, You Didn’t Invent the Mullet
In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Kiefer Sutherland took credit/blame for “inventing” the mullet when he portrayed a vampire in 1987’s Lost Boys. It sounds like we need a little refresher course on the history of the hair style known as the mullet. Here’s the clip.
I wish every celebrity were so ready to admit when they’ve done something wrong. Unfortunately, Kiefer Sutherland was actually late to the mullet party by almost 2,000 years. According to Wikipedia:
In the sixth century, Byzantine scholar Procopius wrote that certain young men wore their hair “long at the back and cut short over the forehead”.
If that isn’t a 1,400 year old description of “business up front, party in the back” then I don’t know what is. Also, there are plenty of pictures and video of rock stars sporting the mullet back in the Seventies. The Oxford English Dictionary credit the Beastie Boys with coining the term “mullet” in their 1994 song “Mullet Head”
Here are my top 10 slang terms for “mullet”:
Camaro Crash Helmet
The Missouri Compromise
Tennessee Top Hat
The Shlong (a combination of the words “short” and “long”)