A day after the shave that shook the earth, Matthew “No Alias” Miller went on WNYC with John Schaefer to explain the neurotic pathology that kept his face imprisoned in its own hair for over a decade.
“Somehow the beard is like the manifestation or the symbol of God’s mercy…. I had this fear in my head that if I shaved my beard, somehow those blessings would be cut off…. I recently realized that God’s mercy, how can that possibly be connected to me shaving or not?”
If you listen closely, you can hear his inner-monologue wrestling with whether he’s leading the Jewish people astray — especially the women — by telling them that they can still be holy and loved by God without some gnarly facial fuzz.
The interview’s a far cry from his statement yesterday that he no longer feels he would “fall apart” if he didn’t have rules “to become a good person.” Yesterday he’s all “No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me…. I am reclaiming myself.” Today he coyly acts surprised that people took his words to mean he was stepping back from his rigid Jewish observance. He makes it sound as if he’s going through less of a “rebirth” than a readjustment.
And that’s why I’m starting to feel suckered into a ploy to pump his Chanukah shows.