Today I was watching the 49ers decide that they had no interest in going to the Super Bowl when I noticed a person in two different commercials who seemed familiar. Rather, he was a type of person, not the same exact person.
The type of guy I saw in both commercials was a guy with an shaggy afro haircut (I’m pretty sure that’s the correct term to use regardless of the race of the person).
Seeing the two commercials so close to another another made me realize that I’ve seen that type of guy before. He’s on a promotional poster around the corner from my house. He’s on television, usually in a high school or college posse of friends. And he’s in most party scenes in movies.
He’s a friend with a ‘fro. You know, a laid-back guy, just hangin’ out, takin’ it easy, lookin’ to have a good time, all smiles, whatever, no big deal, it’s cool man, just happy to be here.
Friends with ‘fros are everywhere on commercials, TV shows, and movies…so why haven’t I ever seen one in real life? Do they really exists, or are they just the laid-back version of the Sasquatch?
I’m not even quite sure I understand the appeal. If friends with ‘fros are so rare in real life but so prevalent on TV, what is it about them that makes TV producers want to cast them? Is it just the distinct hair, or are they getting in touch with something deep down inside all of us that wants a really laid back, Frisbee-playing, tie-dye-wearing, scruffy looking friend with a ‘fro? Maybe it’s in our genes.
Have any of you ever had a friend with a ‘fro? Or do they only exist on the silver screen?
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