[Ed. – Sounds like a sordid obsession to me.]
A spat between the Turkish government and the United States over police misconduct got personal when the mayor of Ankara took to Twitter Wednesday and called State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf a “stupid blonde.”
Mayor Melih Gokcek, whom the New York Times notes is a close ally of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was essentially accusing the State Department of hypocrisy for criticizing Turkey’s heavy hand against anti-government protesters, while remaining silent about the death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray in police custody, an event which led to several days of rioting and looting. Gokcek chose to make this challenge with a bit of Photoshopping and an insulting taunt: “Where are you, stupid blonde, who accused Turkish police of using disproportionate force?”
Gokcek is really into the all-caps style of Twitter shouting, by the way. All of his Tweets seem to be written like that.
He also appears quite taken with Ms. Harf’s golden tresses. “According to the blonde girl, the government’s reaction during the Gezi Park protests were worrisome, but when it comes to your country, it is normal to declare a curfew,” he said in another Tweet.