No, seriously. That’s what they say:
Hence the “recession beard,” a theory propounded by Philips’ Norelco and its recently retained brand spokesman, Esquire grooming editor and New York salon owner Rodney Cutler. Mr. Cutler said he believes more men are letting it all grow out as an act of “playful rebellion,” a sign of defiance and of not being a “corporate slave.”
First of all, there’s no such thing as a rebellion against not having a job. That’s like growing a beard to protest not having an adult-sized wiener. Hey, did you guys know Father Scott has a beard? And a job?
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