A Special Cut

I just finished watching “Shower.” It’s a Chinese film about a father who runs a traditional bath house. The older, more successful son returns home, thinking that his father has passed away. But it turns out it was just a misunderstanding based on a picture his mentally-challenged brother sent to him.

Which brings me to the subject of this week’s blog entry: What’s with the Special Haircut? The slow bro in this film sports the standard issue mentally-challenged hairdo–shaved on the sides, long on the top. There is no subtle blending between the two lengths. It’s just short, then long. This particular cut included an even more disturbing feature: a lone patch of hair on the back of his head, sitting just above his neck, like some kind of undiscovered island.

I guess this is supposed to be the visual cue that he’s the retarded guy. But do they have to be so blatant about it? I mean, sure, he might be special, but does that mean his barber is, too? Surely, they’re not suggesting that this man actually attempted to cut his own locks? I mean, would they even let him near a pair of scissors unsupervised?

There are less obvious ways to let us know that a character has a faulty hard drive. How ’bout picking one that doesn’t insult our intelligence?

Comments 5

  1. boredhousewife wrote:

    laughing too hard to make a decent comment–i’d probably come off sounding a bit special myself.

    Posted 21 Jun 2004 at 6:01 pm
  2. smivey wrote:

    Was I being funny again? I can never tell anymore.

    Posted 22 Jun 2004 at 2:19 am
  3. wens wrote:

    I always thought the bowl cut was special.

    Posted 23 Jun 2004 at 7:46 am
  4. kris wrote:

    i’m special, and i cut my own hair. what can i say, it’s a pretty special do.
    impressive, considering you need to be a surgeon to muck up a 1-all-over do.

    Posted 28 Jun 2004 at 4:29 pm
  5. Edith wrote:

    How lame to resort to stereotyped visual cues. Someone didn’t think the actor could act well enough I guess.

    My son got a haircut once that made him looked retarded. Sort of a cross between a bowl and prince valiant. I took him to his regular place as soon as I could, but well-meaning adults came up to him in the time between saying things like “Nice haircut buddy!” Esteem building should stop short of outright lying, if you ask me.

    Posted 28 Jun 2004 at 4:30 pm

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