Tony Blair trends on social media for questionable lockdown haircut

Tony Blair mullet
Britons don't know what to make of Tony Blair's new look. Photo credit: ITV News / Screengrab

Controversial British politician Tony Blair is once again raising eyebrows after the ex-Labour leader debuted a questionable new look amid the country's ongoing lockdown.

The 67-year-old, who served as UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, was interviewed by ITV News on Tuesday (local time) in regards to Scotland's independence movement, marking his first television appearance in several weeks. 

However, viewers were largely distracted by the former Prime Minister's distinctive 'do, with Blair unveiling a new hairstyle closely resembling a mullet - where the hair is shorter in the front and longer at the back. 

Within hours, Blair and his barnet were trending on social media as online commentators rushed to draw comparisons with other notable mullets. 

In one viral tweet, a Twitter user likened the former Prime Minister to the "possessed Vigo painting in Ghostbusters", a comparison also noted by a number of others.

US Republican Party strategist Matt Gorman also weighed in, suggesting Blair's new look was similar to that of Emmett 'Doc' Brown from the Back to the Future franchise.

Late British businessman and nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow and his mullet were frequently referenced, as well as former footballer and manager Gerry Francis. English business magnate and investor Sir Richard Branson was also cited as a lookalike.

Twitter users also drew comparisons between Blair and business magnate Richard Branson.
Twitter users also drew comparisons between Blair and business magnate Richard Branson. Photo credit: File

As barbers and hairdressers reopened in England on April 12, Blair has had more than two weeks to rectify his controversial coiff - so maybe he's happy with the mullet for now.