He thought it was a racist thing, but…
After getting to know a man who came in for a very specific haircut, a black barber says he saw things a little differently.
Oklahoma barber shop owner Corey Sutter posted a photo of a controversial haircut with a caption about customer service and started a major firestorm.
“This guy came in and wanted the Confederate flag in his head and that’s what he got. Fade N Up barbershop is all about giving you what you want,” Sutter wrote on Facebook.
It didn’t take long for the backlash to pile on and photo to go viral, and that’s when barber Demontre Heard told the story on how the haircut came to be.
“I was thinking it was some racist-type stuff but, as he sat down and I was doing it and he was talking to me the whole time, and he explained to me why he was doing it, like, he was a really cool guy and I didn’t feel like he was racist at all,” Heard told Oklahoma’s News 4 KFOR.
Heard said the man’s haircut was inspired by his favorite rapper.
But in Fade N Up it doesn’t matter who your favorite song artist is, or your politics, or skin color.
“If you’re white, Asian, Mexican, Black, Puerto Rican, whatever, you sit in my chair and I cut your hair, I hope I leave you with the best haircut you get and I hope that you come back,” Heard said.
Sutter, who is locally known as “Scissorhands” defended the shop’s decision to cut his hair.
“The thing that’s really bothering me is, no matter how it may look to someone and them getting upset about it, this is what we do for a living,” Sutter said. “We provide a service for this person, and that’s what we’re supposed to do. Yeah, we could have denied it. Yes, we could have acted a fool and talked bad to him, tried to fight him or anything like that. But, he came in, he came in respectful. He wanted it.”
Sutter also had some “out of the box” wisdom about racism, given today’s super-charged and polarized climate.
“When they came in, we kind of thought it was odd,” Sutter told KFOR.
“You know, like really? But like, with me and my barber crew, we’re so far past racism. We know it exists, but we don’t pay it no attention because, once you start paying attention to the problem, it’s like they won.”
While Sutter continues to take an online beating for allowing the haircut, he is seeing some support and a lot of attention: