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May 26, 2008

Monsieur de Pompadour

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Celebrity,Formal Wear,Grooming,Shirts,Ties — Izzy @ 11:22 pm

Sean Penn with pompadour

The poet Walt Whitman once rhapsodized:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

But that apologia for inconsistency surely doesn’t excuse Sean Penn’s combining a 1950s rockabilly pompadour with a nineteenth-century-style shirt and tie.  To Izzy’s eyes, chronological contradictions can be the most disagreeable.


  1. I think the pompadour outdates the rockabilly era by quite a bit. Maybe even back to the 19th century.

    Comment by SammyG — May 27, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  2. I dunno. The hair/wardrobe combo he’s sporting looks almost exactly like some Andrew Jackson pictures I vaguely remember. Or Edgar Allen Poe. Either way, not as chronologically contradictory as advertised.

    Perhaps it’s that his hair isn’t really a rockabilly pompadour, as it appears to lack the requisite pomade. It’s not slicked against the side of his head or anything. No . . . this is Andrew Jackson all the way.

    Comment by C.S. — May 27, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  3. Well, should David Tennant tire of playing Doctor Who, the Sean can take over for him.
    He is coming to look rather like the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee:

    Comment by Annalucia — May 29, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  4. Pop some steroids to make his forehead a bit bigger and he’d be perfect to play abe lincoln.

    Comment by Executus Maximus — August 5, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

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