In Superman/Seinfeld terms this could be termed Bizarro world but it was Dave @ Complex System of Pipes who coined the Spock reference in comments to his post BnpBC (part 2) where the Daily-Fucking-Mail (that’s the official title when incredulous at something it does) actually takes the BNP fascists to task (while the BBC coddles them like old pals). Hence this is bizarro world, opposite world, The Mail, criticising fascists? Blimey, I said it would rain frogs next and Dave said- this is all getting a bit too Mr-Spock-with-a-beard.
If this doesn’t make sense then- it’s reference to the original Star Trek series where in an episode (Mirror, Mirror teh interwebs tell me) we flip into a mirror universe where all the crew are thoroughly nasty imperialist brutes (oh the satire, take that ‘The Federation’. However Spock’s intellect even in his beardy evil incarnation allows for a resolution and Kirk is saved to further pursue alien skirt) which is denoted in part by Spock sporting a goatee/circle beard (and is helpfully explained in this t-shirt noted @ Boing Boing)-
Cultural attitudes toward facial hair? I’m sure there’s a thesis sitting somewhere that details this at length, still does it explain the ease with which non too bright punters can be convinced about thewaronterror ™ against the Islamocomufacismosomethingorotherjustpleasegivemepeopleto hatesoIdon’thavetothink ™? Facial hair! They must be evil! Shout the bearded rednecks, hmmm. Although given the vintage was this more a Lenin-esque anti-communist Cold War inspired trope?
Which is an awfully long introduction to this Newseek piece on Bolivia which *gulp* interviews Mark Weisbrot, a rather less America Fuck Yeah! kinda guy, about the coup and is really a pretty good piece all things considered, although I note it is a ‘web exclusive’, so the magazine won’t endanger its wood pulp readers with such subversion (after all in the past Newsweek has had different covers in the US to the rest of the world so as not upset the fragile constitutions of the Homeland’s audience in their dotage) first the Daily Mail, now this. Beardy Spock!