New York Times reporter Ana Marie Cox "felt the Bern" in an interview with an agitated Bernie Sanders. When asked about the scrutinization of Hillary Clinton's appearance -- mainly her hair -- in the media, Sanders was not amused.
"O.K., Ana, I don't mean to be rude here," Sanders said. "I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?"
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While Sanders' 'do has been the butt of many jokes and was even touted "the best hair in Congress" by a BuzzFeed article, Cox said she was not just asking about the presidential hopefuls' appearance. She wanted to know if there was a "gendered reason" behind the focus on Clinton's image rather than Sander's image.
Sanders then condemned the media's attention to political figures' outward appearance rather than issues that greatly impact the country.
"When the media worries about what Hillary's hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that's a real problem," Sanders said. "We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we're the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee health care to all people."
Clinton's dress has been a topic of discourse for years. Saturday Night Live comedian Cecily Strong made journalists promise not to "talk about Hillary's appearance because that is not journalism" at the 2015 White House correspondents' dinner in April.
Clinton cited gender inequality when it came to criticism about her appearance in a 2014 interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer.
"When you're in the spotlight as a woman, you know you're being judged constantly," Clinton said. "It is just never ending."