Geez, WTF happened to him? Losing his Razors? ----- Duck Dynasty's controversial star Phil Robertson would seem an unlikely style inspiration for the politically liberal Michael Stipe, best known as the lead singer for R.E.M., but it’s happening. Stipe, 56, was snapped sporting a lengthy, solid gray beard as he campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders this week in New York. Reportedly, no duck calls were made at the rally. Stipe is the latest to rock a beard similar to the one that’s become Robertson’s signature look; Both David Letterman and Randy Quaid have tried it, too. Robertson decided to keep his facial hair long because of his profession, he explained to Parade in 2013. “The original purpose of the beards was to help with the wind when it’s blowing in your face,” the 69-year-old reality star said. “When you’re out there in the woods hunting like we are all the time, we found that facial hair helps you to stay a lot warmer." Kingpin actor Quaid, 65, showed off a massive, unruly beard and flowing mane in October, when he appeared for a hearing before Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board to deal with legal woes. Appearance was obviously not his biggest concern at the time.