Monday afternoon, glorious-haired Oscar winner and apparent fountain-of-youth discoverer Jared Leto posted an Instagram (above) that defied the unwritten (but generally obeyed) laws of the photo-sharing app. One, the shot wasn't instant in the slightest -- it was actually taken in 2011, which was what, like, three years ago? Four? I've lost count. And two, he didn't indicate via hashtag that the pic was indeed a #throwback. Burn.
Instead, Leto captioned the black-and-white image (which shows the now famously long-maned ombred hombre sporting a cropped, spiky coif) "Short hair don't care." Welp, he may not care, but the more than 170 thousand likers and 4,000 commenters who were fooled into thinking he'd chopped off his mop sure did. And they were freaking.out.
Some couldn't bear the thought of living in a world without a long-haired Jared Leto:
: LONG HAIR >>>>>>> SHORT HAIR
cryfromtheheart: NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOO JARED NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! NO NO NO NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOIO
Others prayed it was all a hoax.
: Nooooooooooooo please lord nooo
And some used the Lord's name in vain.
: :,( :,( :,( :,( :,( :,( :,( :,( :,( NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OMG OMG OMFG NOOOOOOOOOOOOO
There was even suggestion of Leto's hair persevering into the afterlife.
: Nooooo, please, with long hair you are perfect, please, let your long hair until june or forever LONG HAIR FOREVER
sheilaleto: No no no no LONG HAIR FOREVER PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE
But a select few were willing to accept the change with open arms.
: Cut it! Cut it! Cut it! Cut it!!!! Yees yes yes :D
aurelylylloyd: Oh yes !!!!! Short hair is better !!!!!
Some could hardly contain their joy.
: YEEEEEEEESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEES YES YYEEEES YES YES SIIIIIII YESSSS JARED YESS!!! SHORT YEEEEEEEEEEES
While others were very polite about it.
: Please fucking go back to this hair style.
And at least one level-headed commenter understood what was really important.
: It doesn't matter what you do to your hair. Just don't change that face.....
Whichever side your opinion falls on, it's safe to say that if and when the day comes that Jared Leto does change up his 'do... the Interwebs are going to break. Bad.