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Pennsyvlania's Democrat Governor Shames NFL Quarterback for Getting a Haircut

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf scolded NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for getting a haircut in Allegheny County, where barbershops are still not permitted to reopen because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Wolf takes aim at Big Ben: "My concern is just a general concern. Anybody who puts himself or herself into harm's way is something that I think we have to try to avoid. When you go to something like a barbershop and you're not protected, I don't care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases. I don't personally think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don't want to take that chance myself,” the Democratic governor told reporters Tuesday during a daily briefing. The Steelers posted a video on Monday showing Roethlisberger sitting in a barber’s shop getting his beard trimmed.

The consensus on social media appeared to be that Roethlisberger’s visit to the barber shop was a non-issue, as commenters chastised sports journalists for blowing “Haircut-gate” out of proportion. A lockdown culture war has broken out between Americans divided on how citizens should respond to coronavirus lockdown measures.
  • On the one hand, some view a failure to adhere to social distancing guidelines issued by authorities and experts as reckless.
  • Others argue that the measures – particularly the lockdowns which have put 7.5 million small businesses in danger of closing permanently – enacted by state politicians are often excessive.
  • They’re also disturbed by a rising trend of people reporting neighbors and businesses for defying coronavirus closure orders.
The contentious debate splits along ideological lines: A Rasmussen poll released in early May found that Democrats are much more likely than Republicans to “snitch” on a neighbor who violates social distancing rules by hosting a gathering of 15-20 people in their home.
  • 44 percent of Democrats said they’d inform authorities, compared to only 25 percent of Republicans.