Societal outrage has finally reached the tipping point for me.
Barber Joe Cignelli refused a woman a haircut and now she plans to file a human rights complaint. When the short-haired woman entered his shop and asked for a trim, Joe said no and apologized. He told CTV News, “I have never cut a woman’s hair. I don’t feel comfortable. I told her I’m sorry but I’ve said no to a few women over the years. I’ve been married 43 years and I’ve never given my wife a haircut because I don’t feel comfortable.”
The would-be client is also a hairstylist. This is one reason why I don’t understand her desire to take it to an authority like the Human Rights Commission. It’s true, he will not cut the hair of an entire gender. But here is my fundamental question: Why would anyone want to get their hair cut by someone who “doesn’t feel comfortable” doing it? I would run, not walk, to another shop if someone was that insecure about the haircut they’d give me.
Should he be forced to cut a woman’s hair? She says yes, because in her case, it’s essentially the same cut as he would give a man.
This isn’t the only bakery in town, refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. It’s a barber shop, striped pole and all, with a history of a male clientele. Old men reading newspapers. Little boys crying over their first cut. All the cliches.
Am I wrong on this? I just don’t feel the outrage of discrimination in this particular case.