How A Beard Can Get You Fired

Dr. Paul Roof has facial hair that is the envy of hipsters far and wide. But it also got him fired. Roof, who was a professor of sociology at small Christian school Charleston Southern University was terminated last week after his likeness appeared on a beer can for Holy City Brewing. The image was taken from a photograph snapped at a beard competition in New Orleans. He received no compensation for the image and it was done without his consent.

He was told he was fired because his actions weren’t considered ” representative of a Christian environment.” Roof responded: “For me a Christian environment entails two things: looking out for other people and forgiveness of others who’ve transgressed you.”

Pretty sure there are some government officials that could benefit from that mantra.

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14 replies
  1. 1
    evodevo says:

    They have sociology classes there???

  2. 2
    RP says:

    Silly Dr. Roof-expecting Christians to act like Christians. Also too, if his likeness was used without his knowledge and consent, he’s got a slam-dunk case for compensation from the brewery.

  3. 3
    Morzer (0th of His PseudoName and Founder of the Walter Sobchak Peacekeepers) says:

    So being photographed without your knowledge or consent is now sinful? Man, that’s some severely fucked-up theological reasoning! I mean, it’s not as if the guy actually worshipped his own graven image or anything!

  4. 4
    sm*t cl*de says:

    I confidently predict that if any brewery obtains images of the Departmental Dean and of the university’s trustees, and uses those on beer labels, then those people will also lose their jobs.

  5. 5
    scav says:

    @sm*t cl*de: Same page was turned here . . .

  6. 6
    sm*t cl*de says:

    Beardie professor sounds admirable:

    Roof, who taught at the university for seven years and also founded the social club Holy City Beard & Moustache Society. HCBMS hosts beard and mustache competitions as charity fundraisers for ovarian cancer patients and their families.

  7. 7
    Walker says:

    @Morzer (0th of His PseudoName and Founder of the Walter Sobchak Peacekeepers):

    It appears he was in a contest and signed a model contract — which means he has no control over where the image gets used. Still pretty f’d up here.

  8. 8
    another Holocene human says:

    @RP: Yeah, that’s nuts. Although that beer bottle label, including name is inspired.

    South Carolina keeps begging to be taken seriously and they keep acting so ignorant.

  9. 9
    gocart mozart says:

    Being a bearded Christian never works out. Look what happened to Jesus.

  10. 10
    J R in WV says:

    So NOT a Christian, but to me firing person A for things other People B-Z did, that’s so Christian it would make Jesus cry.

  11. 11
    Amir Khalid says:

    @gocart mozart:
    As I understand, the traditional depiction in Western art of Jesus as a tall skinny white man with long hair and a beard is most likely wrong on all of those specifics except “skinny” (maybe) and “man”.

  12. 12
    bago says:

    Keep up keeping up #ablackshow sir.

  13. 13
    Paul in KY says:

    @Walker: You’d think the beer company would at least give him a couple of cases.

  14. 14
    Paul in KY says:

    @Amir Khalid: I think he would have looked very Aramaic & what is referred to over here as ‘swarthy’ (skin complexion) and what probably is referred to in Malaysia as ‘normal’.

    Probably was only 5′ 2″ as well.

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