A British deputy chief police officer in Derbyshire has reportedly “ragequit” social media after people started making fun of her hair.
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann made headlines after an incident involving the evacuation of 1,500 people from Whaley Bridge earlier this year, after a nearby reservoir dam was compromised.
Unfortunately for Swann, she soon noticed her bravery took second position to critiques of her hair.
Referring to the public’s distaste for her long, vertically-spiked hair as “sexist and homophobic,” Swann decided that maybe the solution was not to strike back, but to just leave social media altogether.
“Yes, I am a woman. Yes, I might have a slightly different hairstyle. Yes, I am quite small,” she said. “The bit that astounded me was I could not believe that my mere existence could cause such a depth of feeling.”
According to the BBC, some told her that she made a mockery of the uniform.
“I can take a bit of banter but then it became sexist and homophobic, and really, really insulting,” she said. “The bit that really hurt was when people said I had no standards and I was letting policing down.”
Swann’s hair is not unlike the style once worn by Connecticut State Trooper Barbara J. Mattson, whose hair made headlines after the Sandy Hook shooting.
Despite being praised by the local council, Swann apparently felt the need to quit Twitter, claiming the bullying was too much.
“Some of the comments were misogynistic and homophobic and the abuse I received has been recorded as a hate incident, in the same way it would be for the public or my officers and staff,” she said. “In recent years, we have seen children feeling bullied by their peers through personal attacks on social media; with youngsters in some cases so desperate it has resulted in suicide due to the pressures of the abuse.”
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