The relationship between celebrity and fan is a precarious one. For many, fans are the source of their fame, continuing to propel them into the stratosphere of highly-paid endorsements and pop culture relevance. But then there are those fans that believe watching someone on screen makes theirs a relationship that is inherently personal, and consequently the lines between privacy, normalcy, and social etiquette are ignored.
And when it comes to things fans take to be personal, the hairstyle of a famed celebrity ranks highly up there. We’ve seen such avid forms of attachment to body hair before, from Rachel Green’s famed Friends hairstyle, to Charlie Hunnam’s longer style sported as Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy. But while these hairstyles were rightly loved, it can be dangerous territory when a celebrity strays from their cherished locks: just look at the fall out from Tom Holland’s recent haircut.
More recently we saw the turmoil fans of Harry Styles described after the actor and singer debuted a new bowl cut and patchy facial hair. It was a far cry from his well-coiffed boy-band days, and given that his legion of fans still cling to such an ideal, the bowl cut would be rather disorienting. But the reaction somewhat pales in comparison to Tom Holland, after the 23-year-old actor showed off his grade one haircut after shaving off his locks.
And while we’ve all been privy to a bad haircut before, some so utterly horrendous we’ve survived only by the daily chant of “it will grow back, it will grow back,” fans don’t seem quite so positive. On Twitter, Holland has been compared to everything from cartoon character Caillou to Eminem.
Other fans seemed more upset that Holland had the audacity to shave off his delightful locks without considering alternative options, with one recommending the use of a bald cap (to be fair, we didn’t even know such a thing existed).
In his defence, it’s not like Holland just stood in front of the mirror wielding a clipper as Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” played in the background. It was for a role, people! That role pertains to the upcoming flick, Cherry, which follows “an Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder [who] becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.”
The film doesn’t have an official release date just yet, but is expected to hit theatres in 2020.