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US envoy hits back at Ankara mayor: ‘We’re all blonde’

After Erdogan ally calls State Department spokeswoman a ‘stupid blonde,’ brown-haired ambassador dyes his hair

US ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, posted this picture of himself on Instagram May 1, 2015 with his hair dyed blond, to protest a comment made by the mayor of Ankara against the blonde-haired US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.  (Photo credit: John Bass/Instagram)
US ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, posted this picture of himself on Instagram May 1, 2015 with his hair dyed blond, to protest a comment made by the mayor of Ankara against the blonde-haired US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. (Photo credit: John Bass/Instagram)

The US ambassador to Turkey on Friday hit back at sexist remarks by Ankara’s maverick mayor to the US State Department spokeswoman in unusual style, posting a picture of himself with blond hair.

Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had on Wednesday fired off an extraordinary diatribe on Twitter over the Baltimore rioting, telling the US State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf to “come on blonde, answer now.”

“Where are you stupid blonde, who accused Turkish police of using disproportionate force?” he added, referring to US criticism of the harsh response by Turkish police to demonstrations.

Harf herself had refused to rise to the bait of the comments, saying in Washington: “I really don’t think I’m going to dignify them with a response.”

US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf (screen capture: Youtube)
US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf (screen capture: Youtube)

But US ambassador to Turkey John Bass took to Instagram to make his response, posting a picture of himself with his normally brown hair turned blond.

“American diplomats: we’re all blonde,” he wrote in English and Turkish.

It was not immediately clear if the ambassador’s hair had been photoshopped or if he had actually dyed his hair.

Gokcek, who has been mayor of Ankara since 1994, has earned notoriety in recent years for outbursts on his Twitter account @06melihgokcek, taking on anyone who dares challenge him.

The mayor, nicknamed “Mad Melih” by his detractors, was ridiculed this month after erecting a massive statue of a “Transformers” style robot in the center of Ankara to promote a new theme park.

The statue has since been removed but the controversy is far from over — a gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex has now been erected in its place.

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