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Watch a teenage Bowie defend boys wearing long hair.

In 1964, the BBC’s Cliff Michelmore, on the Tonight program, told a young man named Davie that: “A lot of people can’t tell the difference between a man and a woman, can they, if you’ve got your hair that long.” Davie, the founder of the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men, responded, “Well, that’s ridiculous.”