- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A group of bearded men got into a hairy situation when passers-by mistook them for Islamic State terrorists, and called the police. 

People called the police after they saw the group of men gathered at a remote castle, posing for photos with a black and white flag.

When police arrived, they found the Swedish chapter of the “Bearded Villains” gathered at a remote castle for a photo shoot, posing with their group’s black and white flag. 

“Yesterday we had our Bearded Villains photo shoot,” member Andreas Fransson and founder of ratemybeard.se wrote in a Facebook post. 

“In the middle of the shoot, two cops showed up, telling us they got a call from someone saying they drove past and saw about 30 terrorists waving an ISIS flag,” he continued. 

“We had a good laugh with the cops, who had to respond to the call, but quickly saw that we weren’t terrorists, out in the middle of nowhere, dressed in formal wear, hugging and laughing,” Mr. Fransson wrote. 

He admitted that Bearded Villains’ flag, which depicts two white swords crossed on a black background, could be mistaken for the jihadist flag, The New York Post reported.

Other members said it is not the first time they have been mistaken for Islamic militants. 

“Each and every day you hear someone say you are a terrorist,” co-leader and fellow beard enthusiast John Ekeblad told Sweden’s Metro newspaper.

The Bearded Villains formed in 2014. It is a “brotherhood of elite bearded men from all over the world,” according to the group’s website. 

The group was originally established in Los Angeles, “with the purpose of showcasing the bearded men with character from your next door neighbor to the supermodel on GQ mag,” and has expanded worldwide. 

The group’s mission is to “unite Bearded Men of all cultures, races and creed in Brotherhood devoted to Loyalty, Honor and Respect toward all people, Dedicated to the betterment of mankind through fraternity Charity and Kindness.”


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