The right-wing media’s obsession with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reached a new low on Thursday morning when the Washington Times and the Washington Examiner both published a hard-hitting scoop about how the young democratic socialist got a fancy BIG CITY haircut in our nation’s capitol.
.@AOC got a haircut at an upscale Washington salon.
It cost $300.https://t.co/Pq60Xddr8P
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 10, 2019
As usual, their argument is the same old tired and extremely trite attempt at gotcha! hypocrisy. Since she’s a s-s-s-s-s-s-sOcIalisT, then naturally means she should be forced to wear a barrel with suspenders, disavow all worldly enjoyment and comfort, and live like a Franciscan monk, because that is how “socialism” works in the absurd fantasies of right-wingers.
Of course, they don’t realize that they’re making her point for her. $300 for a haircut and styling is a ridiculous amount of money, and people shouldn’t have to pay that much in order to enjoy the dignity of looking nice and feeling attractive, empowered, and a little pampered. Ocasio-Cortez’s vision is of an America where everyone can afford to get a haircut every once in a while — as opposed to the current status quo, where 40% of the country can’t come up with $400 for an emergency.
Other women on Twitter quickly pointed out that this is the standard pricing for women’s haircuts in exorbitantly expensive cities like Washington D.C. and New York.
1) this would obvs never be a story about a man
2) this is not an expensive haircut/color for a public figure who is frequently on TV
3) if her hair was raggedy, that would be the lead story instead
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 10, 2019
300 bucks is pretty average for a haircut and I want to know how much the hair plugs cost for every white dude in Congress
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) October 10, 2019
$80 for a haircut and $180 for lowlights is literally what those services cost at a mid range salon in DC. Why do you guys have nothing better to do than this. https://t.co/MZBlDBFn9l
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) October 10, 2019
How dare AOC, a young woman with a full head of hair, spend more money on a haircut than Jeff Sessions, a balding old man who still laments the end of slavery? pic.twitter.com/lvx21vXSCS
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 10, 2019
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to respond to the hysteria from the right-wing by reminding everyone that Vice-President Mike Pence spent over half a million dollars on a trip to a Trump golf course that was entirely an excuse to funnel taxpayer money into the president’s pockets.
Won’t you look at that: Mike Pence used *taxpayer funds* – not personal ones – to spend several thousand haircuts’ worth of public money on a visit to Trump golf courses.
I wonder if Republicans care about corruption as much as they care about a woman’s cut & color. https://t.co/xBze4obZhv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 10, 2019
The answer, of course, is they do not.
Ever since she arrived in Congress, the right-wing media jackals have been thrilled at having a young woman of color to use as a new boogeyman with which to scare their decaying boomer viewers and about the evils of socialism they’ve gone over her with a fine-tooth comb, looking for anything and everything they could possibly use to turn into red-baiting content. But since they know they don’t have any actual arguments to her persuasive and popular proposals for societal reform in America, all they can do grasp at straws to tear her down — and it’s embarrassing how bad they are at it.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.