In the legendary space hippies episode (which is both disdained as a low point in series quality and beloved as unintentional comedy), the crazy longhairs
come close to destroying the Enterprise in their kooky search for a California-style "Eden." In another, Kirk, following orders he never really questions, breaks up an idyllic settlement whose residents enjoy practically Mennonite contentment under the influence of mood-elevating, and entirely benevolent, flower spores.
A 1997 New York Times op-ed said that Crybaby Boomers "hate their kids." Pictured as essentially wealthy, self-righteous, unwilling to share their vast power and, of course, aging, they possess a not-so-mysterious grudge against photogenic "Generation Xers." A Boston Globe article described their craven autobiography: "idealistic longhairs
" who became "yuppies" are now "ready for the glory days of the menopausal and the bald." "Boomers" are typically imagined as undeserving: techno-illiterate, overpaid, sexually failed, narcissistic.
The presence of bare-chested or naked longhairs
cavorting in their interiors and across their surfaces infuse these images with the apposite period flavor.
Among many important cultural gaps that were bridged in 1972 was that between "hillbillies" and "longhairs
"--the older generation of traditional Americans and the new, sixties antiwar generation.
The problem: By 1977, there were few longhairs
There was Midnight Special, which was all about musicians and rebellion and longhairs
. And there was The Flip Wilson Show.
Drew didn't look too favorably on being invaded, likening it to carpetbagging, and the college kids were longhairs
we called "beatniks" in those days, but as controversies go it really wasn't much.
It was Townshend who anticipated punk when, during The Who's set at love and peace fest Woodstock he physically ejected king of the longhairs
Abbie Hoffman from the stage, an occasion preserved for posterity on the Maximum R&B box set.
It was not uncommon to hear musicians called "longhairs
," our intellectually gifted called "eggheads" -- and male dancers not referred to at all!
As for those in senior ranks who are "suitably coiffed" but robbing the system blind: fear not, because it is only the evil longhairs
whom little Cox seeks.
(This insensitivity is displayed elsewhere in her referral to more traditional Native Americans as "longhairs
.") Bernstein provides quotations from such sources as the American Legion Magazine that describe the "red soldier" who "has lived outdoors all his life," and "takes to commando fighting with gusto" because "his ancestors invented it." Indian servicemen were also said to "endure thirst and lack of food better than average," and "smell a snake yards away." (p.
I can imagine the longhairs
in his high school rolling their eyes when Billy Clinton would get up to talk about the importance of school spirit, using paraphrased allusions to JFK's inaugural address ("Ask not what your school can do for you .
In other tales of longhairs
gone pro we have part-time filmer/full-time bowl killer Chris Gregson, stepping up for Blood Wizard and Phoenix's Ryan Reyes, totally tripping out on his new Creature plank.
Sitting in the audience passively watching longhairs
strum away is now passe.
Chances are, having any albums by ageing Brummie longhairs
Magnum in your collection is not going to impress that blonde Kings Of Leon fan you've had your eye on.