Samsun barbers ban American-style haircut in retaliation for US visa ban


The Samsun Barbers Chamber announced on Wednesday that they have banned all barbers in the province from doing American-style haircuts in support of the Turkish government in a row with the US, which suspended non-immigrant visa services in Turkey after a US Consulate staff member was arrested.

According to the CNN Türk website, Samsun Barbers Chamber President Zabit Pilan said they had banned all American-style haircuts to support the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Our president has retaliated [against the US]. We, as barbers, have banned the American-style haircut to support our president and country. No barber in Samsun will do American-style haircuts. We will cut hair in styles that are suitable to our culture. We will do Turkish haircuts from now on,” he said.

After Turkish authorities arrested US Consulate employee Metin Topuz on Oct. 4, the US Embassy in Ankara announced on Sunday that it had suspended all non-immigrant visa services at US missions in Turkey.

Speaking during a press conference with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, in Belgrade, Turkish President Erdoğan said the US Consulate staff member was a spy and that it was Turkey’s right to take steps against an “internal threat.”

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  1. How sad is that. We Americans love Turks. Let’s not get caught up in the governmental politics between our countries– we the citizens of both need to stay united in respect and friendship of one another. I was scheduled to go to Istanbul in 3 weeks for my first visit and was so excited! My friend is from Istanbul and I was going to attend her wedding. I am so heartbroken that I will miss it and not experience Turkey. I had already made a list of all the wonderful places I would see and Turkish dishes I would be eating! I am so sad.