As a fan of Jon, I trust his judgment. But this new beard is setting off alarm bells. For the first time in his wildly-supported career, he's fending off allegations of sexism. He's also 47, an age when many a man feels the initial thrill of marriage, kids and career wane. Cue crazy facial hair.
Now this is sheer speculation but when a guy grows a bizarre beard out of nowhere, it can be a cry for help. Remember when middle-aged guys would buy a fancy car or a moped as an expression of freaking out? Now they just grab attention with their face, fawning over each pore like they were waxing a Corvette.
Think about it: they're spending a lot of time in front of the bathroom mirror, they're examining the lines in their face, they're testing the boundaries of their identity. "Maybe I could rock a pirate look," they think after reading an article about Johnny Depp. Or maybe "I could pull off a Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart thing," in the case of Stewart. Hey, if I could toy with my own facial hair, and still have the opportunity for sex, I'd do it too. Especially when I was feeling like things were out of control.
Consider a few recent examples of celebrities who grew their facial hair and lost their s***. Seriously, it's a thing.