Not By the Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin

Via the Unapologetic Mexican, we learn that, according to the geniuses at Fox News, facial hair is indicative of racial or ethnic identity.

I, myself, have a chin hair I have to pluck out when I notice it, every month or so.

I assumed this was just a part of being born a mammal–warm blood, nipples, hair–but no, apparently, it’s a way to signal to Obama that you share with him an American born father and a Mexican born mother. (I know.  Just roll with it.  It’s like magical realism or weird dream logic.)

This will come as a surprise to my grandma, who was there for the birth of my mother, and is convinced it took place in Chicago.

But who am I to argue with the truth as plain as the hair on my face?

15 thoughts on “Not By the Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin

  1. Well, without wishing in the least to sound like someone who would be a part of Fox News, I have to say that when I first saw Richardson with his beard grown out, I did think that he ‘looked’ more Hispanic that way than he does clean shaven.

  2. Renee Montagne interviewed Geraldo Rivera on NPR a couple of weeks ago and asked him something along the same lines about his facial hair and Puerto Rican heritage.


  3. I have that *same* one hair. But both sides of my family are have been born in the US since they came over/were brought over….hmmmm…

  4. I have that same one chin hair too. My husband normally trims it for me, as I can’t see it myself. I’m second-generation American on my dad’s side (Irish), and third-generation American on my mother’s (Lithuanian). I thought [the chin hair] was because my estrogen was decreasing (as I age), or my testosterone was increasing, or something along those lines. But you’re right, maybe I’m Mexican and don’t know it. :)

  5. This morning Richardson announced that he had grown the beard as an act of rebellion. (Remind me again of how old he is?) And his wife hates it (is she insane?), so he’s getting rid of it. Bummer.

  6. Rebelling against what? a.) and b.) No kidding! Did his wife look at how hot he looks with it?

    Or maybe she did and that’s why she hates it. I’m sure it’s a pain in the butt to have to forcefully remove other folks’ fingers from your spouse’s facial hair all day.

  7. Oh, rebelling against campaigning for president. Evidently his handlers or advisers or whatever they are called were always after him to shave and show up places and things that candidates have to do. I would have thought that he had already done most of the things while campaigning for governor, but evidently it was all an unpleasant surprise to him. So the beard was his version of “school’s out and I’m gonna sleep till noon every day now.”

    As for b), I think you’ve figured it out. He’s known as being fairly flirtatious even without the beard.

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