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Triple J presenter Dave Woodhead is today facing increasing pressure from Australian rock fans to adopt 1990s-style dreadlocks, more commonly known as the Frenzal Ropes.
An online Change.org petition has drawn over 100,000 signatures in just less than 24 hours, with irrate listeners demanding Woodhead take his role as a youth radio host seriously.
Titled ‘Make Woodhead Get Dreads Before Splendour’ – the petition is reportedly the fastest growing people-power initiative since Celeste Barber’s bushfire fundraiser.
Speaking to The Betoota Advocate today, Woodhead said his biggest concern about dreadlocks is the maintenance.
“I just don’t know man” explained a cowering Woodhead.
“Like I could go home right now and whip out the Omo laundry powder and start rolling these bad boys up, but what happens then?”
“Once you commit to dreads, there’s always the pressure to keep growing them as long as possible. I don’t wanna end up doing that dread-ponytail like Trails from A.B”
“That shit looks like it hurts your neck”
Once wildly popular amongst Gen X stoners in the 1990s, dreadlocks have fallen out of vogue in recent decades, due to the uncomfortable conversations around hippies appropriating Jamaican Rastafari culture.
However, as a Darwin boy of Torres Strait Islander heritage, Dave Woodhead has full license to adopt an ‘Island boy’ aesethetic.
With Splendour & The Grass kicking off in two days time, Woodhead says he’s worried he’s “going to have to hide his boyish curls in the Triple J tent” out of fear of being heckled by up to 40,000 festivalgoers who wll be demanding locs.
While refusing to clarify if he would give the fans what they want, Woodhead did say that he never expected his role as the lunchtime radio presenter would result in him becoming a sex symbol online.
After our reporters clarified that absolutely nothing about this recent online hysteria suggests that he is a sex icon – in any way, shape or form – Woodhead changed the subject and began promoting his upcoming stand up shows.