Beard Liberation Front
Press release 5th February
Campaigners say Embassy stay may have damaged Assange’s beard & follicles
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The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has said that Julian Assange’s beard, in the news again after a UN ruling on his ‘unlawful detention’ at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, may have suffered significant damage during his stay.
The campaigners say that while Assange was clean shaven when he entered the Embassy his beard appeared not long afterwards. It was originally a well pruned ginger colour with some grey highlights. However more recent photographs show Assange with an almost entirely grey to white beard.
The BLF says that indoor confinement can adversely impact on the beard in several ways:
Lack of sunlight means a reduction in vital nourishment for the follicles
Lack of exercise means that the beard hairs lack stimulation
Inability to immerse the beard in nourishing liquids such as draught imperial stout can lead to brittle beard syndrome.
BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, while we appreciate that Mr Assange’s case is not about facial hair as such there does seem to have been a significant detriment to his beard during his period of confinement and it may be that irreparable damage to the follicles has now been done.