I’ve tried folks, I’ve tried hard. Seriously, the efforts I’ve put forth would make even the little-est of engines that could jealous, but I just can’t do it. No matter how much I’ve put into it, no matter how many hours I’ve spent over the last fifteen years telling myself something different…I just can’t hate Joey Fatone. I know that as a man who was a teenager when ‘N Sync first became a thing, I’m supposed to find everything about everyone from the famed boy band except Justin Timberlake annoying, but other than the one with the weird corn rows and the the goggles, I just can’t dislike any of them! Yeah, they have frosted tips, but I’m pretty sure that if they didn’t exist, the first girl I ever kissed wouldn’t have had a reason to put make-up on and get rid of her mustache, so I owe them a lot. More specifically, Joey Fatone seems to be the most self aware of the boys, publicly recognizing how whacky and well paying his old gig was, while parlaying it into a career on stage and hosting fluff shows like “The Singing Bee”; he also seems like a genuinely sweet dude who loves his family, so there’s that. His self aware nature is why I’m talking about him today, because although he violated a cardinal rule of The Bald Army by getting a Bosley hair transplant, he has made no effort to hide it. This transparency drops his hair plug offense down to what basically amounts to wearing a really expensive hat. Also, I have to mention that he’s not just a client, he’s also the spokesman! I’m pretty sure that only about five of you get that broken reference, but whatever, if you wanted quality, you wouldn’t have Googled “Joey Fatone Bald”.
So yeah, Fatone has recently shown up in commercials for the Bosley hair replacement system, flat out admitting to his baldness. Pictures from the TV spot, as well as photos of the sometime “Price is Right” host from before his procedure, reveal that he had recession at the temples, as well as a balding spot in the middle of his head. He chose to have some of his follicles moved around his dome and is now looking like he’s got a full head of hair again, so good for him I guess. Because he’s covered up his baldness, I can’t invite Joey to join The Bald Army, but he’s definitely not our enemy, and if we ever want to start an ‘N Sync cover-band, I know who I’m calling to be our front-man.