It’s October 14. Take off your hat. Throw away your wig, Burn your toupee. It’s Be Bald and Free Day . October 14 is the day to celebrate your baldness. If you don’t have the gumption to do such a thing or you aren’t bald, then you can still get in on the act. Sit down in front of the T on Bald and Free Day and enjoy movies about being bald and free. Or, at the very least, about being bald.
Andy Griffith starred in a number of movies before hitting it big on the small screen as the sheriff of Mayberry. One of those movies is achingly appropriate for Be Bald and Free Day. Andy plays a cook in the Coast Guard. After complaints of hair getting into the food he cooks for the rest of the crew, he shaves his head bald. And thus earns the nickname “Onionhead.” With Andy Griffith in the lead and a title like “Onionhead” and a premise like a Coast Guard cook shaving his head, you might think that this would be a wild comedy. In fact, “Onionhead” feels safe to be bald and free enough to switch between comedy and drama.
The Dark Knight Rises
“The Dark Knight Rises” is really about celebrating Be Bald and Free Day. Not only is Bane bald, but he feels perfectly free to draw attention to the fact by strapping a strange mask over that chrome dome. Tom Hardy already was bald and free in “Bronson” but he looks completely different in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Not to mention sounding completely different.
Bald and Free Day is not just for the guys. Going bald may mean something different when it comes to women, but it’s all about the hair on the head when it comes to Demi Moore in “G.I. Janes.” Demi Moore famously shaved off her dark locks to get the bald look that comes with being part of the military service looking to keep Americans free and safe whether they have hair or not. Bald women are not nearly as rare and surprising in real life as there were even when “G.I. Jane” was released into theaters. Perhaps Be Bald and Free Day owes a debt of gratitude to Demi Moore for that social reality.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
By contrast, when Persis Khambatta showed up in “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” without any hair on her head, it was a really huge deal. Even fewer women were going around bald and ready to celebrate Be Bald and Free Day when this was movie was released than when “G.I. Jane” hit theaters. There was no noticeable increase in the number of women living Bald and Free in the wake of the first “Star Trek” feature film.