A salon in Des Moines, Iowa, was excited to get to style Ivanka Trump on Monday, March 19th. What they didn't realize that doing the first daughters' hair would cause a wave of hate to descend down on them.
Salon Spa W received massive social media backlash, reported Fox News, after they posted a photo of Ivanka in their salon. Trump was there to get her hair styled before an event.
The salon, located in Des Moines’ East Village, was visited by Ivanka while she was in town to tour Waukee school district's Aspiring Professional Experience program (APEX). She was joined by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds is pictured next to Trump in the photograph.
“Our Monday kicked off with styling Ivanka Trump for her visit to Iowa! We [love] supporting women in politics,” wrote the salon in the original caption, which has since been edited.
The salon seemed to genuinely enjoy styling Ivanka, and they didn't say anything partisan that should have brought liberal wrath down upon them. But that's just what happened to them.
Within hours, hundreds of the salons followers rushed to Facebook to criticize and threaten the salon.
With a lot of swearing, people called the salon "gross." They also vowed to unfollow the page and never return to the salon. People also claimed that the salon should know better than to style a Trump.
“I agree with previous posters...this is NOTHING to be proud of,” one woman wrote according to Fox.
Another Facebook user commented, “Will never book an appointment at this salon again. Total bum out. This salon employs hetero/non-hetero individuals and this just truly sucks. The fact that Salon Spa W was inclusive was always a big A + to me. You put your money where your mouth is as your vote. I loved this salon. I'm so, so disappointed and I can't imagine how your non-cisgender employees/clients feel. Fail. Won't ever be back.”
However, others came to the defense of the salon, pointing out how ridiculous the backfire was. The president of the salon, China Wong, also refused to backdown.
Wong released a separate statement that was added to the original Facebook post. She said the salon employees were “taken aback” by the negative response, and she defended their choice.
“We believe everyone matters and deserves our indiscriminate care and kindness,” Wong wrote in the statement. “We were taken aback by the response to the image below of our Governor with Ivanka Trump who received services from our salon. We also recognize impact matters more than intent. While we are not a partisan organization we do see it as part of our mission to welcome people to Des Moines and serve everyone. We share images of our clients, some that are recognizable public figures, to showcase our work.”
She also noted that her business, which is located to the State Capitol and Civic Center, means that they have more prominent people visiting their salon. She said they've served musicians, actors, Broadway stars, and even Barack Obama, as well as those in town for the Iowa Caucuses, lawmakers, activists, commentators, and artists of every medium.
"We have shared images of many along the way. We also serve you—our beautiful, diverse, and passionate community. We proudly share our work and celebrate all of you because our purpose is making people look and feel beautiful."
They reiterated, "Again, we believe everyone matters and deserves our indiscriminate care and kindness."
What a terrible way to treat the salon just for doing their jobs. It's ridiculous how much hate there is for Ivanka just because she's Trump's daughter.