Equality supporters have long joked that if gay men wanted to teach homophobic Republican women a lesson, they could stop doing their hair, designing their clothes and decorating their homes.
A popular gay hair stylist in Santa Fe, N.M., apparently took that jest to heart recently when he refused to cut Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s hair over her opposition to marriage equality.
Antonio Darden, who has cut Martinez’s hair a few times, turned down her recent request for an appointment. He followed up by announcing in a television interview that he would never touch her layered bob again until she dropped her opposition to gay marriage.
“I am going to let all gay people know (to) stop serving you, stop providing you with what you need,” Darden said in a voice mail that the governor’s office inexplicably shared with reporters.
In fact, Martinez has stoked the controversy by firing back at Darden. The governor’s office announced to the press that it had received calls from at least 10 stylists this week offering their services.