<b></b> [We were talking about haircuts]<p/><b>Me:</b> You know, a lot of people say that the worst thing you can possibly hear is, during a haircut, the hair-person-whatever-they're-called says, "Oh, crap! I didn't mean to do that." I disagree.<p/><b>Dad:</b> Oh, yeah?<p/><b>Me:</b> The worst thing you can hear is, while you're getting a tattoo, the artist goes, "Oh crap! I didn't mean to do that." Because hair grows back.<p/><b>Dad:</b> *nods* Yeah... But I can think of worse.<p/><b>Me:</b> *looks up at him inquisitively*<p/><b>Dad:</b> One word: surgery. And do you want to know what's even worse than hearing, "Oh shit," during surgery? *Grins*<p/><b>Me:</b> What?<p/><b>Dad:</b> Just moments before the anesthesia kicks in, you hear, "Lord Satan, please accept this sacrifice..."<p/></p>
The whole haircut thing with Shiro is kind of funny, because I think objectively his new haircut is less silly looking and better (well, as a general style. It'd look better on a 15 year old. Hell, his entire outfit would look better on a 15 year old.) but it just seems wrong to people, I think, because it's so round and soft and smooth and Shiro's hair looks really awkward and dry most of the time. We EXPECT Shiro to have weird hair, and when it's not weird it's even weirder. Paradoxically.
Shiro: (gets a haircut)
All the paladins: “who is he”
ok but lmao I really do believe they’re separate people and Kuron’s a clone. Which is why they purposely gave him a look that was very similar yet unsettlingly different compared to Shiro’s. I think part of what makes people so weirded out by Kuron is because he looks so much like Shiro but not quite, so it’s like just on the cusp, but still strange enough to look wrong.
I think something else is that it’s kinda off putting to see Kuron look so put together after we’ve seen him all haggard and unkempt. Like, this Shiro looks like he’s been through a lot, but he also feels way more genuine
After he cuts his hair he just seems…so much more artificial. Again, I think this is because he looks more like an off imitation of Shiro rather than his own person with his own look.
But also, all that time Kuron had his hair down we see him very vulnerable. Exposed. When Keith tells Kuron the others would like to see him up and about again, he says he’ll try. And we as the audience know he’s been through hell, know he’s definitely still recovering and doesn’t look ready. But he still pushes himself, tries to take care of his appearance and goes on with leading the paladins. It’s not just maintaining hygiene, it’s very much a metaphorical thing.
He tries to maintain appearances in front of the other paladins, tries to pass as the Shiro they all knew and loved. He’s got hair and clothes that are similar enough, but there’s something still off, and the same can be said about his face too. That’s why his new outfit and hair bothers people so much I think. Like, yeah, it’s not what we’re used to. But it’s still trying to be, it’s an imitation and it just makes this character feel so…disingenuous.
Any haircut in fiction like this also often comes loaded with symbolism. Just looking at Pidge, our other character with a significant change in look, her new image is very much a sacrifice of her own identity. Katie’s haircut allows her to take on the alias Pidge. Similarly, I think Kuron’s cut is a sign he’s taking on the guise of Shiro.
This is underscored by the fact that while “Shiro” is recovering Keith is the only one who seems to be allowed in his bedroom. Kuron can trust Keith to see him–the real him–he let’s Keith see him despite his unkempt appearance because Keith’s seen him fall apart before. (At least, according to “his” memories). The fact that he’s in an undershirt and not in a mock wardrobe of Shiro’s also emphasizes this point; he allows himself to be bare and vulnerable when he’s with Keith. It’s only when he has to see the other paladins that he tries to manage his appearance. Which is why it stings when Lance comments Kuron is looking a lot better.
Because we sure as hell know he isn’t feeling any better. He was unsure if he would even be able to push himself out of bed just a scene ago. So yeah, I think there’s actually a lot of visual cues and thematic stuff that makes Kuron’s new appearance especially jarring.