Julian Assange’s mullet from 2015 fuels mocking memes on social media

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is getting the meme treatment in a serious way right now, thanks entirely to a picture that’s gone viral showing him with a rather amusing hairstyle.

The 45-year-old has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for years now, mainly as a means to avoid an investigation into rape allegations lodged against him in Sweden―allegations that were recently dropped―and thus avoid a possible extradition to the U.S.

The image in question isn’t actually new, to be clear. It’s been floating around on the internet since at least 2015, the result of an interview between Assange and Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman. But as so often happens with viral content, it took some time to catch fire. Now, plenty of people are giving their takes on how the silver mullet impacts the “radical transparency” advocate’s look.

https://twitter.com/maggieserota/status/866330605507792897

Plenty of people noted Assange’s resemblance to Geralt, the protagonist of a series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and also a trilogy of popular video games. Specifically, lots of people thought he had a The Witcher III vibe going on.

That’s not the only reference to a video game to have spawned from this particular image. Just months ago, Assange himself tweeted out a photo of some street art in Melbourne, Australia depicting him as the character “Big Boss” from Metal Gear Solid V, another famously mulleted hero. He seemed to enjoy it.

It’s fair to guess that Twitter will be dragging Assange for the near future, thanks both to his being a highly polarizing and controversial figure and the unabashed goofiness of that picture.

Based on his recent appearance at least, it looks like he’s found somebody at the embassy who knows how to cut hair.

Chris Tognotti

Chris Tognotti

Chris Tognotti is a frequent contributor for the Daily Dot. He’s a news and current events writer based out of Berkeley, California, and a co-host of the podcast Now We Know. While he specializes in domestic politics and opinion writing, he’s also savvy on sports, video games, and film.