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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Mustache

Watching the situation in Zimbabwe we couldn't help wondering about Robert Mugabe's mustache. Look at the picture below [1] if you are not familiar with Mr. Mugabe's face.

Mr. Robert Mugabe
Why the mustache?

Seriously: It is election time in Zimbabwe, where he must campaign for the Presidential election run-off (at least that is the latest we read when we wrote this piece).
And things are not looking so great for Mr Mugabe. How do you appeal to your people when you have brought the country down to its knees with hyperinflation of 1700 percent, 80% unemployment rate and life expectancy of the lowest in the whole world? [2]
At least you would try to appear likable, wouldn't you?

So why the mustache?

Such iconic mustache reminds us of two people in history: One is of course Adolf Hitler. And although Mr Mugabe has been labeled a dictator by many, we can't be sure if he thinks of 'Mein Kampf' when he shaves in the morning, carefully trimming the edges.
But then again, there is no way Mr. Mugabe was not aware that such style would resemble the little man.

Unless of course he is thinking of the second person in history who had such style: That person would be Charlie Chaplin [3]. The comedy king of the silent movie era.
But we don't think Mr. Mugabe is trying to be funny.

Sir Charlie Chaplin




Blogger Tommie Feryadi said...

The NAZI party is making their way to Zimbabwe.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Ultratupai said...

Hey, I think Suharto had a mustache just like that. No kidding and not funny.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Indonesia Anonymus said...

As far as we can remember, Suharto was always clean-shaven and never had a mustache.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Rob Baiton said...

And the now jailed Gogon!

1:45 AM  
Blogger Ultratupai said...

Suharto's crafty use of makeup and magic prevented people from seeing his real un-shaven upper lip.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Indonesia Anonymus said...

That's a good one, Rob.
We should have included Gogon. Haa !

3:54 PM  
Blogger toshi said...

^ gogon was jailed? since when??

btw, that's one hilarious pic of adolf chaplin u have :)

11:00 PM  
Blogger Indonesia Anonymus said...


we don't really remember, but he was involved in some drug-related case a while back.
Probably easier to just google him.

5:52 PM  

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