OK Governor Kevin Stitt makes time for “essential” haircut

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

The saying, which has always been considered a mantra for Oklahoma parents trying to stop their 7-year-olds from cussing or convince their adult children to refrain from “living in sin,” appears to have been recently adopted by our esteemed governor. In a moment that can either be described as a lapse in good judgement or complete disregard for his own “personal responsibility” plea, Governor Kevin Stitt showed Oklahomans what not to do during a global pandemic.


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Hair stylists and cosmetologists are speaking out after a Facebook post that claimed Governor Kevin Stitt wasn’t following his own recommendations when it comes to their profession and COVID-19.

According to a Facebook post from a hair stylist, Gov.Kevin Stitt had his hair and makeup done over the weekend.

In the post, a woman said, “Wear your masks people! Even while doing makeup and hair for the Governor of Oklahoma.”

“I find it’s a little bit hypocritical,” Dee Dean, a hair stylist with Tangles Salon, told KFOR.

Ignore for a second that KFOR is relying on Facebook post from stylists for news and info, mere days after Stitt’s office released a statement that deemed cosmetology businesses as “non-essential” and reiterated that the services can only be performed in licensed facilities, Stitt enlisted the services of a cosmetologist to make sure he looked his absolute best for a TV interview. If that cosmetologist was going to risk their wellbeing to cater to this man, they could’ve at least made their visit worthwhile and done something about Stitt’s eyebrows.

KFOR reached out the Governor’s office and they issued this statement:

When KFOR contacted Stitt’s office on Monday, they sent us this statement:

“The federal government lists communications as a critical infrastructure sector and specifically mentions workers who support television and media services.

The individual you are referring to was working for the network the governor appeared on and provided the minimum amount of service required while wearing protective equipment…”

Editor’s note: KFOR has not and will not be taking advantage of this exemption. News 4 employees do their own makeup and hair before appearing on air.

Damn, even KFOR is calling Stitt out on his bullshit! .

Out of curiosity, we thought it would be fun to try to figure out which “network” interview Stitt needed the makeover for. Check out this video from Saturday…


Wowza! Did they bring in James Lankford’s personal stylist from Sports Clips? To be fair, you can’t expect to get a good haircut when your barber is wearing gloves, a face mask and shaking in fear because the client ignores his own pleas for safe social distancing.

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45 Responses

  1. Entitled asshole. Nothing more to say.

    1. Good to see Patrick’s sock get in first!

    2. I saw former President Obama on the news endorsing Biden for President. They both had nice haircuts.

      1. Remember when republicans threw a hissy fit over Obama wear a tan suit? Remember when republicans made lewd, derogatory, racist remakes over Michelle’s clothing? Remember when republicans burned racist effigies in Obamas likeness? Im fairly sure Michelle is quite capable of taking shears/clippers to her husbands head. Im also fairly sure Dr Jill Biden can do the same.

        1. Yeah! Could’ve been Joe’s sister also, but don’t try to find out from Joe directly. He mixes those two up often.

      2. Barack Obama has like, the easiest haircut to do at home, it’s almost all shaved. Biden has almost no hair either, you could probably cut his hair in 5 minutes and a pair of safety scissors.

        Call me when we’re mocking a perm.

  2. I don’t know which bothers me more, him flagrantly flaunting his wealth, white male privilege, his complete in your face defying both stay at home orders while dragging a stylist into the mix, or the fact he wears more makeup than I do. I use to be a stylist, they work hard to barely scrap by sometimes. Now all salon services are shut down, they’re hurting. Im not slamming him or whomever wants to wear makeup. It’s more that none of us can even afford to think about having makeup professionally done, especially right now. I for one cannot even afford to buy makeup. I saw this story last night as I was trying to figure out a way to do something/anything for my daughters bday next month. So Stitt doing this was like rubbing both salt and lemon juice in a gaping wound.

    1. white male privilege…
      please try to be more original.

      I guess Carrie Hicks demonstrated white male privilege?

      i don’t agree with either of them doing what they did but the tired “privilege” labels are just tiresome now.

      1. What would be a better phrase for describing the reason for being above the law because of social/economic status, vain self-aggrandizing and disregard for the common good?

      2. I think Sarah H struck a nerve. The only ones complaining about “tired labels” are those that enjoy white privilege & get tired of being reminded of it.

  3. So, where was your rant when State Senator Carrie Hicks imported her personal stylists into her home, with her kids, in order to take care of her grooming requirements? Not only a violation of social distancing but also state law. Apparently, according to the Senator, social distancing only applies if you don’t really know the other person or your hair color starts to go bad.


    I know you had to be aware because you linked it in your post from April 9. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the (D) following the Senator’s name or the fact that she happens to be married to a former TLO contributor.

    1. I honestly had no clue!

    2. “Whataboutism” is a piss-poor defense.

      1. “Whataboutism” – yes, that’s that old Russian, Cold War term isn’t it. First, you should probably use it in the correct context, rather than just pull it out of your leftist thesaurus. Whataboutisms, when used as a defense, are certainly invalid. At no point was there any defense of the Gov’s actions offered. When used to point out a hypocrisy, such as blatantly overlooking the same actions of another public official, in a similar and even more arguably egregious circumstance, then it isn’t being used as a defense, simply the basis of the question,”why was this overlooked?”
        Hayley was well aware of the situation with the Senator (she linked it in her previous post), yet saved her skewering for the Gov. Again, surely the uncomfortable fact that the Senator is a Dem and married to a former TLO contributor played no part, at all, in this oversight.
        I realize that expecting TLO to be an equal opportunity offender is asking just way too much, but you could at least fake it every once in awhile.

        1. You know by now how this website and its readers tilt. Do you come here to get pissed off, or do you just enjoy being a troll and attacking the other commenters?

          1. Drop your pearls & get off the fainting couch Virginia! Nobody “attacked” anybody.

          2. Mr Chin-
            I’ve been visiting this site since its inception. In my opinion, it was better when it was the Hot-Girl-A-Day-in-the-month-of-May/State Fair Photo Contest, Bro site, but none the less, I enjoy some of the writing and local insight you don’t get anywhere else, as well as the occasional banter and hearing the opinion of those with whom I disagree. I don’t allow a couple dozen malcontents on an internet blog to piss me off and I don’t believe that challenging blatant hypocrisy or ideas with which I disagree is “attacking other commenters”. Are you suggesting that since my politics don’t line up with the majority on this blog, that I should just go elsewhere? Sounds to me a lot like those you challenge when they tell you that if you don’t like Oklahoma, you should go somewhere else. You seem to have an opinion on EVERY post, yet you accuse those that challenge you on that opinion of being a troll. I don’t engage in petty, name calling or personal attacks. You simply have a disdain for anyone who opposes your opinions or observations and isn’t impressed when you throw out some tired, obscure, tangentially related quote, trying to pass it off as wisdom, when it should be most politely referred to as bovine scatology.

            1. What’s happened to this site is the same thing as what happened to The Daily Show.

    3. Who issued the fucking order vonHugeshit? Carrie Hicks or Jethro Bodine?

      1. I would expect little more than school yard name calling from you, it does seem to be one of your few areas of expertise. The topic of the post was to point out the entitled privilege of a public official, and fire up the sheep (4 legs good, 2 legs baaaaad). A sitting state senator who, by her own admission, was aware of the order, should be held to the same standard as any other elected official, regardless of who issued the order.
        Oh yeah, and FO.

        1. As someone with a (D) after my name and someone who generally leans in the same direction as TLO, I appreciate your considered comments. While I have little hope that the partisan divide in this country will be bridged any time soon, commenters like you give me some small degree of optimism that the chasm can be narrowed.

        2. The Senator didn’t get a hair cut. Her husband did. She just posted about it. Also, it’s a fucking haircut. And how useless is the cosmetology board? They require payment for licensing and don’t do shit else. But hey, I get it. They’re unable to work and were called non-essential, I’d lash out too.

        3. Not me – South Robinson has been a dumbass for years!

  4. Sports Clips? I’ve seen Army trainees get better hair cuts from hungover, pissed off civilians in Post barbershops. My dog would bite me if I cut her hair like Stitt’s. Did he become a millionaire by clipping people on overpriced mortages or by eliminating personal grooming? Other than that, what’s the deal? He’s a Republican. They believe they have a lifetime pass from following orders.

  5. He could have done like I did with my husband: back porch with a bowl and a pair of scissors. If you cut that hair bad enough no one will want to leave the house!

    See why I should have been governor?

  6. Sarah, get over yourself with the whole white male privilege BS. Quit playing victim. Everyone knows Stitt is an idiot, but you sound like one too with your victim hood rhetoric.

    1. So, What Is White Privilege?
      White privilege is—perhaps most notably in this era of uncivil discourse—a concept that has fallen victim to its own connotations. The two-word term packs a double whammy that inspires pushback. 1) The word white creates discomfort among those who are not used to being defined or described by their race. And 2) the word privilege, especially for poor and rural white people, sounds like a word that doesn’t belong to them—like a word that suggests they have never struggled.

      This defensiveness derails the conversation, which means, unfortunately, that defining white privilege must often begin with defining what it’s not. Otherwise, only the choir listens; the people you actually want to reach check out. White privilege is not the suggestion that white people have never struggled. Many white people do not enjoy the privileges that come with relative affluence, such as food security. Many do not experience the privileges that come with access, such as nearby hospitals.

      And white privilege is not the assumption that everything a white person has accomplished is unearned; most white people who have reached a high level of success worked extremely hard to get there. Instead, white privilege should be viewed as a built-in advantage, separate from one’s level of income or effort.

      Francis E. Kendall, author of Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race, comes close to giving us an encompassing definition: “having greater access to power and resources than people of color [in the same situation] do.”

      1. i was wondering who hurt Sarah, but then I clicked on her picture and saw what the problem was right away. To her credit, the above post was far less emotional (she probably copy-pasted it from somewhere).

        1. I posted it in response to another comment.

          1. Sarah I hope you keep hitting on those last nerves.

  7. That’s telling him, Dee!

  8. No. She is a hypocrite as well. But Chicago is not Oklahoma.

  9. The Doctor Donny wannabe progressing from his seven-dollar barber school buzz cut to a Fox (Fake) News Poo-Poo. What’s next, Italian silk suits to sport his flag pin?

  10. This whole story doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. First off Governor Jethro doesn’t appear to be that interested in his appearance. His ill fitting expensive blue suits, and haircut just don’t make sense for someone who appears to believe image is everything.

    Not sure where the interview was, I would have assumed it would have been somewhere at the capitol, under the control of the Governor’s people. But OK, maybe he doesn’t have that. Guess he never thought of using OETA or a studio at one of Oklahoma’s schools, and billing it back to the network. Perhaps he went to some studio somewhere, maybe at an Oklahoma ad agency or production house for the satellite interview.

    Technically that place would be the people employing anyone working in their studio, and the client would be the network, who pays the studio. Stitt comes in, and they do a little makeup, OK believe that. That is common, and the explanation from the Gov’s office makes sense, the makeup people are exempt from the order. Maybe not a great idea, but a lobbyist was able to get that provision, and at least one cosmetologist was able to keep a job. Or maybe shoot from the hip Stitt’s lawyers and AG added that provision that moment.

    The part I have a hard time believing while Stitt is being made up he would ask the makeup person to give him a haircut. Different skillset, and doubt the person would then even do it. But maybe the person is an out of work because of Stitt’s order putting them out of work. That would also explain how bad the haircut looked, it was a spite haircut, and evidently Jethro thought he looked pretty good after the haircut, and defends his now new addition to his staff, his new personal stylist.

    Or maybe he made a joke “take a little off the top” when he sat down and was so involved looking at selfies on his phone did not realize they took him seriously until the damage was done.

    Makes about as much sense as everything else the Oklahoma governor does.

    Bless his heart, and of course Imagine That!

    1. Actually I did both hair and makeup when I was a barber/stylist. Cut, color, highlight, straight razor shaves, hair style, and makeup. So they could very well be the same person. I lot of more high end salons offer full complimentary services.

  11. I’ve not cut my hair since well before our shelter in place order. I’m now to the stage of beginning a mullet. My family is trying to intervene, but I’m keeping it.

  12. I’ll bet Oklahoma’s tribes are just itchin’ to give Stitt a haircut.

  13. she had 3 cards to play all at once.

  14. Let’s not leave out all those Barbie Dolls who call themselves newscasters. I wish they’d all have to show up in front of the camera without 3 inches of make up AND those holy-roller Duggar women hairstyles. Just where to they get all those rolling curls inserts? I think they’ve all been watching old Little House on the Prairie reruns and like Nellie Olsen’s hair. Someone is WORKING to make them look that way — and getting paid to do it. Talk about non-essential!

    1. Noooo! I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night after seeing JoJo without her makeup…

  15. He had to do it.

    He was off to a job interview (fry cook or brain surgeon or double-nought spy, I can’t remember which) and he needed to look GOOD, Uncle Jed!

  16. “..lapse in good judgement..”

    Mighty generous assumption Haley, as if Stitt for brains ever had any good in him to begin with.

  17. I let my wife and daughter shave my head for completely unrelated reasons a month before we’d even heard about coronavirus, so I’m perfectly good for the time being.

  18. As the mayor of Norman reads storybooks , the GOV gets a haircut, I bet he even got a Cheeseburger at the Garage. Hey Mayor put the Damn Storybooks Down and let me get a Haircut and a decent Cheeseburger.

    1. Hal Smithclosed all his restaurants to all service, Mayor Clark didn’t

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