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Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, has become a hero to “men” and women — or at least left-wing “men” and women — for wearing colorful wigs in the halls of Congress to promote social distancing from salons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has been a fashion icon since she took office. The first openly bisexual senator’s bold dresses, coats, signature glasses and coiffed blonde hair prove that being a Senator doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous and express yourself,” The Mary Sue reported Tuesday.
“But lately, she’s been using her look to make a point about social distancing and keeping away from salons. And she’s done that with some awesome wigs.”
Kyrsten Sinema and her mint green shake-n-go wig are what will get me to tomorrow pic.twitter.com/v0VHqXyjUn
— joey (@joeybranca) July 22, 2020
A masked Senator Kyrsten Sinema identifying herself here by pointing at her purple-pink hair was a moment. Watch: pic.twitter.com/OB7uM5JdUt
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 4, 2020
Social distancing is the # 1 way to #flattenthecurve. We all need to do our part and stay home. pic.twitter.com/KuQhWnpydJ
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) April 1, 2020
The goal of the attention-seeking stunt appears to be to convey the point that women should do anything in their power to stay away from hair salons until the pandemic subsides, even if that means using colorful wigs to hide their unstyled hair.
It’s supposed to represent women’s empowerment or something …
There’s just one problem: Women own a majority of America’s hair salons and represent a majority of these salons’ employees. But thanks to coronavirus lockdown orders and the self-social distancing of people like Sinema, these women are screwed.
“Thirty percent of hairdressers live paycheck-to-paycheck,” Mary Rector, the founder and CEO of Behind the Chair, an industry website, said to The Washington Post earlier this month.
“We’re anticipating 40 percent of salons going out of business due to the pandemic. I’m dying for my constituency. It’s going to be more devastating than they even know.”
That doesn’t sound very empowering.
As it stands, hair salons are open in Arizona thanks to Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, reopening them back in May. But if Democrats like Sinema have their way and women continue to shun these salons, they likely won’t be open for much longer.
Sinema’s groupies — some of them allegedly “men” — don’t appear to be too concerned about this, though. They’re more focused on the “toxic” males who’ve chosen to question the congresswoman’s judgment.
Watch how they responded when Matt Mackowiak, a conservative columnist from Texas, criticized the congresswoman’s decision to wear colorful wigs in the halls of Congress: (** Language warning)
This is a sitting female US Senator https://t.co/B7yVvOVhCz
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) July 21, 2020
This is a sitting U.S. Congressman? Did you tweet about him? pic.twitter.com/VCC3T3d6kz
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 21, 2020
To the men who think Senator Sinema wearing a wig is weird:
I hate to break this to you… but most of the women you’ve found fantasized about on TV and in magazines have hair tied to and clipped to their heads.
— Kristen Keogh-Yurus (@KristenKeogh) July 21, 2020
I’m just here for the ratio, and while normally I would take this opportunity to ask a question, I don’t think you’re worth it.
— Ed Bott (@edbott) July 22, 2020
Your receding hairline is inappropriate. Fortunately, you don’t have an important job and no one takes you seriously.
— Jay Faerber (@JayFaerber) July 22, 2020
Hi Giant Boss Baby, does her hair color hinder her job performance?
Ok. No? That’s right. It doesn’t.
Now, unkindly shut up.
— Kevin Shanks (@forensictoxguy) July 22, 2020
And you are a douchebiscuit, Matt.
— Curtis Stigers (@curtisstigers) July 21, 2020
Ah yes, I forgot the desperate measures of judging a woman based on her looks. Alas, here we are…again.
— Dr. Saskia Popescu (@SaskiaPopescu) July 21, 2020
you goddamn dweeb
— Erin new tone Ryan (@morninggloria) July 21, 2020
How on Earth do you have the ability to even care about something so trivial?
I’ll answer it for you. You don’t. You think taking surface jabs at people you don’t agree with is clever and substantive when it’s hollow and vacuous. Because you’re sad. You lack character.
— Ian Fortey: Poutine Sommelier (@IanFortey) July 21, 2020
With as many male Senators with various toupees, hair plugs, and everything else they do to themselves and you’re worried about her wig.
PEOPLE ARE DYING.
— Jamal Yaseem Igle (@JAMALIGLE) July 21, 2020
Note what the latter user Twitter user wrote about people dying. Yes, people are dying from the coronavirus, but people — women, in this particular case — are also losing their livelihoods and going broke? Don’t their lives matter as well?
Like one Colorado stylist said back in April, “Our livelihood was lost overnight.”
Thankfully, salons in Colorado and nearly every other state in America save for California have since reopened, though these businesses are still struggling because some clients, including Sinema, have found that they don’t need them anymore.
“I’m working more hours and making less money,” one salon owner from New York City said to NBC News earlier this month.
Again, all this doesn’t seem very empowering.
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