It’s hard to believe Movember is already more than half over. Anyways, the mo has really started to grow in more. And I’ve gotten some interesting comments from friends and family, who aren’t used to seeing me with a mo. I’ve been compared to Groucho Marx and William Riker from Star Trek (though I’m not quite at his level yet).
This week, I spoke to Daniele Rossi, a friend and another first-time Mo-Bro, about his motivations for participating this year.
The 30-something has never grown a moustache or beard before. “I remember when they were in style, I was reluctant to grow one.”
But Movember offered a great opportunity to give it a try. “It’s a great way to have fun and raise awareness at the same time,” he says. “It’s a shared experience.”
Rossi also says “the whole embarrassment of growing bad facial hair” fits with the issue of men’s mental health that Movember added to its list of causes. “Men are supposed to behave a certain way,” he says. “But they tend to like silly and pointless (things).”
In terms of style, Rossi says he was going for one similar to Mel Blanc’s mo (he’s the voice behind Bugs Bunny and countless other Looney Tunes characters). “He was one of my favorite celebrities growing up,” he says. “I grew up watching the Looney Tunes.”
Besides, “a thinner moustache is a lot safer,” he adds.
If you want to support Rossi’s Movember campaign, check out his mo space!
And, as always, if you’re a first-time Mo-Bro as well, please feel free to share your motivations for participating.