Hairdresser responds to criticism over image of him in hijab
A hairdresser in the Australian city of Perth has defended the controversial image of himself in a hijab, claiming he had not been attacked in the city.
Key points:The man was photographed at a salon with a woman wearing a hijab at the timeHe has responded to criticism saying it was a publicity stuntThe man has also apologised for offending MuslimsThe image was taken at the Perth salon of hairdressers Gioia Hairston and her husband Angelo in December last yearThe image sparked outrage among some Muslims in Perth who said it was disrespectful and offensive.
Gioia, who has worked as a hairdressier in Perth for 30 years, said she was approached by a man at a nearby salon.
“He told me that I should not wear my hair in the same way,” she told ABC Radio Perth.
“I asked him what was wrong with that, he told me it was publicity stunt.”
That’s when I thought I should call the police.
“The man in the image has been identified as Angelo Hairsto.”
We are both Muslim and both grew up in Australia,” he told the ABC.”
It’s not a question of wearing a niqab, it’s about wearing your headdress and covering your face.
“The hairstresser said he had been approached by the man and apologised for the offensive image.”
You can wear your hair in whatever way you want and it’s your choice, but I don’t think it is a big deal,” he said.”
As a Muslim and as a Christian, I would never wear the niqaf.
“The Hairstons said they were not the only ones who took offence at the image, and that others had contacted them.”
There are others who have contacted us,” she said.
The salon was closed and the Hairstos said they had no plans to reopen.”
If we don’t open soon, we will lose our business, our clients,” she added.
The Haustos have now received a message from the owner of the salon, who said he was not aware of the incident.”
The man who was approached was very apologetic and did not want to be interviewed by ABC Radio,” the salon owner told the WA Today website.”
However, we did not know about it until a few days ago.”‘
We don’t want to offend anyone’The Haustingos said the man had apologised and asked for their privacy.”
What is going to happen is the next time someone looks at this picture, they will realise that we are not the first to do something like this,” she explained.”
But we do not want anyone to think that we don`t care about the religious sensitivities of others.
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