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Hundreds of Belgians gather to celebrate the mullet

SHOTLIST: BOUSSU, BELGIUM. 18 MAY 2019 SOURCE: AFPTV - MS of three men with mullet haircuts and wigs - CU of two men chatting- WS of the festival with banner “Mule-Âne”- CU of a man getting a mullet haircut- CU of a man getting a mullet haircut- CU of hair on the floor- MS two men with the haircut chatting- CU of a woman getting a mullet haircut SOUNDBITE 1 - Marie Vandeville, festival participant (woman, French, 10 sec):“It represents the 80's for me, and when I was a kid, I was in love with MacGyver, so I think I'm going back to childhood." FRENCH: “Ca représente les années 80 pour moi, et quand j’étais petite, j’étais amoureuse de MacGyver, alors du coup là je pense que je retombe en enfance.” - PAN of people with mullets at the festival - MS of two women with the haircut chatting SOUNDBITE 2 - Damien Hubert, spokesperson for the festival (man, French, 17 sec):“Today, having a mullet haircut allows you to express your own freedom and go beyond appearances. That is to say: here I am, I am a free thinking individual, I have freed myself from conventions, especially aesthetic conventions, and I claim to think for myself." FRENCH: "Aujourd’hui porter la coupe mulet c’est vraiment afficher sa liberté et inviter à aller creuser derrière les apparences. C’est dire : voilà, moi je suis un individu libre penseur, je me suis dégagé des conventions, notamment esthétique, et je revendique de penser pour moi.” - CU of a man listening to music ///------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: In Belgium a mullet is not a haircut, it's a state of mind / Boussu (Hainaut Province, Belgium) - 18 May 2019 20:46 - AFP Belgium is all business at the front, in the very serious EU capital Brussels, but it's all party at the back, in the little western town of Boussu. Here, outside an artisanal brewery, hundreds of nostalgics and merry-makers gathered on Saturday to celebrate the mullet, the iconic 1980s hairdo. For some it's a throwback to a simpler time, for others an anti-fashion statement or simply a bit of a laugh -- for folklore specialists it celebrates "dewanne", tomfoolery in the Borinage dialect. "This cut is a state of mind, a declaration of independence. It carries symbolic weight as an affirmation of self," organiser Damien Hubert told AFP, explaining how the festival evolved from a music video film shoot. "To be honest, I'm not sure that many people ever found the cut very attractive. We're not kidding ourselves about that," he admitted. Laid back outback Australia has hosted mullet festivals in the past, but organisers think that Boussu's -- which they hoped would attract around 1,500 people -- is a first in Europe. Many of those who turned out on Saturday for a beer and a bold trim were thirty and forty-somethings nostalgic for the age of rocker Rod Stewart, footballer Chris Waddle or the US adventure series MacGyver, in which the lead character sports a mullet. "When I was little, I was in love with MacGyver, this is like a return to my childhood," said 31-year-old Marie Vandeville as she went under the razor. "I'll only leave it a few days, afterwards we'll even it up." str-mad/dc/har

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