Would You Be More Mad At Corzine For The Whole MF Global Thing If He Didn’t Have All That Facial Hair?By Bess Levin
In other words, does the rational part of your brain, which wants you to be circus freak-crazy pissed at him, lose out to the part that gets one look at that beard and decides “I can’t stay mad at you”? Because that’s a theory being floated for why JSC isn’t faring too badly in the court of public opinion.
Thought experiment: Would you feel any sympathy at all for a hypothetical superrich ex–frat boy, ex–Goldman Sachs exec with a penchant for taking enormous risks, the most recent of which just torpedoed an entire company? No? Because that’s who Jon Corzine is, and that’s what he just did. And yet in coming days we will see less public anger directed at Corzine than descended mightily upon Lehman Brothers’ Dick Fuld, AIG’s Joseph Cassano, and the rest of our era’s rapaciously overleveraged financiers. Instead, Corzine is viewed more like an old person who hit the wrong pedal and drove through a garage door. And it is because of his beard.
To that end, how mad would we be if he put MF Global out of business but had a five o’clock shadow? Or a soul patch? A goatee? Mutton-chops? A Van Dyke beard? Hank Paulson’s face, shaved into his right side burn? Scale of 1 to 10.
Nice Beard [NYMag]