Steinz and I discuss the American Mustache Institute’s best sports ‘staches of all time on Blog Show XVI, with Bog Man Dan charging AMI with unfairly including only one black athlete (Clyde Frazier) on the ballot. Fortunately for African-American mustaches everywhere, Skins blog Hogs Haven tells the AMI to stick it and stumps for Washington QB Jason Campbell’s inclusion in the proceedings.
Much to their credit, AMI responds:
“Campbell, as Billy Dee Williams-smooth as he may be, would never be considered as he also sports hair on his chin thus nullifying his candidacy. A true ‘stache – a delicious ‘stache – is one that needs no complimenting chin hair.”
“A delicious ‘stache” you say? Thanks for the laugh (and the Billy Dee comparison), but JC has honest-to-goodness lip fur that should be recognized as such. Fortunately, there’s a write-in option on AMI’s ballot, so we can rock the vote in an attempt to right the wrongs of oppressed facial hair everywhere. And, you know, white man or not, I wouldn’t mind it if you nominated Jeff Reboulet while you’re at it.
Update: Seems that AMI saw us on Blog Show and responds via email to Steinz (after the jump):
To the Somewhat Clean-shaven Steinberg,
The American Mustache Institute would like to address comments made by you and Jamie Mottram on your Blog Show.
Any discussion of possible discriminatory practices are always concerning. AMI, however, believes a mustache has no color (which begs the question why Keith Hernandez and Clyde Frazier use Just 4 Men). We advocate on behalf of all mustaches and those who wish to grow mustaches. I would suggest our only point of mustache discrimination would be if the lip fur comes hand-in-hand with chin coverage. Because a real mustache walks alone and strong (like Chuck Norris), and without goatee, beard, or soul patch accompaniment. I would suggest historically that many of the great mustaches on black men have been accompanied by chin coverage. Artis Gilmore comes to mind. And quite frankly, it was a challenge to find photos of Frazier with simply the ‘stache.
With that, we appreciate your attention, concern, and hope that you vote for your favorite sports mustache and encourage your readers and viewers to do so as well. Write-ins are also very much encouraged as we are looking for the voice of the American mustache fan – regardless of the color of ones skin.
In closing, if you would like to discuss in a public forum, we would be happy to come on your show via satellite or phone from AMI’s campus – situated near the the world’s largest mustache – the St. Louis Arch.
The American Mustache Institute