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As detailed in the Oxford English Dictionary, the term mullet as derogatory slang for a mullet wearer was "apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys", whose 1994 song Mullet Head uses "mullet" and "mullet head" in contemptuous reference to mullet wearers, and whose fan publication, Grand Royal Magazine, featured a reference to the mullet in a 1995 edition as the first published use of the term. In the 2000s, the mullet and its associated lifestyle were central themes in movies such as Joe Dirt (2001) and the television show The Mullets (2003-2004).
Despite its negative reputation, the mullet remains a moderately popular hairstyle among certain social groups in various Western countries. In Spain it can be widely identified in the streets of cities like Barcelona. The Spanish mullet is generally shorter and lighter than a classic mullet, only using the last inch or so of hair above the hairline. It rarely extends beyond the neck. Also in Spain, the mullet is associated with two different ethnic groups: young Gypsies and young separatists from the Basque Country.
It is also fairly popular among the 18 34 age group in some East European countries, notably Romania, where it is most popular among high school aged males. In the U.S. and Canada, the mullet is particularly associated with blue collar men, fans of country and heavy metal music, soccer fans and ice hockey players. In the United Kingdom the mullet is most commonly associated...