Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My Summer Vacation - Part I - Dreadlocks

The missus and I have returned from Sweden, and yes, dear B&E readers, there's much to report.

I think that white people who wear dreadlocks look ridiculous.

In college we sometimes called them Jafaicans or, more often, Trustafarians. But even when I had my luscious head of blond almost-locks, I thought white dudes in dreadlocks looked ridiculous.

As a bald man I still do. I assure you it's not jealousy. I really hate how they look on white people. I've known some very nice dreadlocked white boys (and occasional girls), and it's no reflection on who they are as people. They simply made an unfortunate decision that became a big enough commitment to keep them from being able to cut the fuckers off. Please, dreadlocked white people: cut the fuckers off.

If my lack of acceptance of dreadlocks on white people makes me a fuddy-duddy, so be it.

But what does this have to do with Sweden?

Even though one small town in southern Sweden has taken in more Iraqi refugees than the entire United States, Sweden is decidedly white. Not solely, of course, but when one lives in a diverse place like Queens, one notices overwhelming whiteness. And Sweden is overwhelmingly white. Sort of like Vermont.

And like the hippies in Vermont, many white Swedes have dreadlocks. Of the seven or so black people we saw in Stockholm only one had dreadlocks, and I would have to say that the same 7:1 ratio applies to the white Swedish boys.

Yes, exaggeration, etc., etc. But suffice to say there are a lot of white Swedish boys with dreadlocks. I had a different observation about the white Swedish women (stay tuned!).

You will have noticed that there's no dreadlocks-related photo to accompany the Part I report of My Summer Vacation. That's because there is one photo I wish I had been quick enough to capture on digi-film, but alas was not.

At a cross walk near Nybroplan (where one catches ferries to Djurgarden, etc.), a blond man biked by. He had dreadlocks. He was also balder than me. Shiny shiny shiny up top. Then shooting out of the sides of his head were bright blond dreadlocks.

As I found myself repulsed by the dreads and empathizing with the baldness, I was riveted by this vision of shiny-headed knotted hairdom. My feeble mind cannot grasp the contradiction and complexity of this Swedish cyclist.

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5 Comments:

At 9:04 PM , Anonymous curt(bald bro said...

dan, it sounds like the men of sweden are in desperate need of my assistance. i will be right over with my hair clippers and machiii razor.

 
At 10:09 PM , Anonymous will said...

Wow both of yous are close minded fucking losers.. Stop looking at other men and judging them if you dont like their hair and get a life, out of all the things u probably saw you pick out peoples hair haha

 
At 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually dont comment on blogs, but the sheer stupidity of this post left me with no choices...

Get a life man....seriously..

 
At 6:43 PM , Blogger Mordant said...

I don't usually post on blogs either and I live in Sweden and what you are talking is utter rubbish..You are a closeminded moron btw. And furthermore I have dreads and a doctorate, I don't see your point! What have you done lately to improve your society. You should go out and do some social work rather than write utter drivel on blog sites!

 
At 11:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree, dreadlocks on white people look really stupid. in fact it's right up there with lip piercings and facial tattoos. it shows that the person isn't ready to grow up.
as well, i don't care if someone with dreadlocks has a doctorate--most of the time your success is due to your yuppie parents money.

 

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