A school in Perth, Western Australia has become the arbiter of fashion and has said something we all know deep down to be true – that the mullet is ‘not acceptable’.
Trinity College, described by Rupert Murdoch’s national news website as an “elite private school for boys,” made the decision in a recent newsletter.
The missive reportedly said: “It is without reservation that the College sets clear requirements that ensure health and safety, as well as a high standard for personal presentation.
âThe current trend of growing hair out to the back of the head and / or cutting the sides of the head closely to accentuate the ‘mullet’ style is messy, unconventional, and unacceptable at Trinity College. Hair and bangs .
âThe College’s hairstyle expectations can be found on page 18 of the Student Journal. “
The rules themselves say that student hairstyles should be “conservative in nature,” cut above the collar, and not fall in front of their eyes. More clearly, they state, “Students are not allowed to have mules, rat tails, top knots, mohawks, extra long bangs, or any other unconventional styled cut.”
We hope this includes men’s buns.
Children who do not meet the standards will be sent home and have their hair cut.
The edict follows another “ban” in February at Waverley College in Sydney, where deputy principal Patrick Brennan told Australia’s Daily Telegraph that “the current trend for the ‘mullet’ haircut is not acceptable and students will be directed to the local barber or their preferred barber to rectify any issues. “
News.com.au reported that Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan had been pressured to give his two cents on this issue of great national importance, posing as “very pro-mule”.
He continued: âThis is a unique Australian invention – an invention that we are selling to the world, but I will let the school make its own decisions.
“I’m pro-mullet, I’m not that pro-rat tails – rat tails are a little beyond pallor.”
It’s a shame, but also no surprise if the school is indeed “chic”. Mullet is a staple of Australia’s classist “bogan” stereotype, although we dispute McGowan’s claim that it is a polemic innovation.
Recent excavations in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a copper figurine from the British Roman era (1st century AD) that appears to sport the maligned C.
We would also like to point out Kevin Keegan, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Pat Sharp – the list could be long, but these are all great British institutions that absolutely killed him with a mule at some point in the during the 1970s or 80s.
Eyebrows may have been raised by claims by schools that the mullet is ‘on trend’, but, if The Guardian it is to believe, it is “the hairstyle of 2021”. The diary then rated popstars Rihanna and Billie Eilish, actress Maisie Williams and Joe “Tiger King” Exotic as all rocking variations on the Year of Our Lord 2021 theme.
All the more reason for the students to cut their hair, it will be said. Once something is “cool” it is no longer cool. Â®