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NOW Twitter lynch mob turn on Kirstie Allsopp over tongue-in-cheek comment about beauticians

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TV star Kirstie Allsopp sparked a social media row after telling followers she was not going back to work until she can have her eyebrows threaded.

The Location, Location, Location presenter, 48, posted the tongue-in-cheek tweet last night amid frustrations for many that beauticians have not yet reopened.

Barber shops welcomed back customers for the first time in more than three months last Saturday, with beard trims among the services being offered.

TV star Kirstie Allsopp sparked a social media row after telling followers she was not going back to work until she can have her eyebrows threaded

TV star Kirstie Allsopp sparked a social media row after telling followers she was not going back to work until she can have her eyebrows threaded

She wrote: 'Dear Boris, I¿m not going back to work until I can have my brows threaded. Get it sorted. #sexism #beautymatters #beautyjobs #women #atthisrateitwillbeabloodybeardandIcangetittrimmed'

She wrote: ‘Dear Boris, I’m not going back to work until I can have my brows threaded. Get it sorted. #sexism #beautymatters #beautyjobs #women #atthisrateitwillbeabloodybeardandIcangetittrimmed’

This has led to claims of hypocrisy and sexism, that men can receive a form of facial hair removal, but others traditionally offered at beauty salons, such as eyebrow threading, have not been given the green light.

Ms Allsopp wrote: ‘Dear Boris, I’m not going back to work until I can have my brows threaded. Get it sorted. #sexism #beautymatters #beautyjobs #women #atthisrateitwillbeabloodybeardandIcangetittrimmed’ 

In subsequent messages, the television personality told fans the message ‘was about highlighting, in a supposedly humorous way, the plight of beauticians still not able to get back to work’.

Many failed to see the funny side, however, and Ms Allsopp was inundated with angry responses.

One wrote: ‘Come on Kirstie – us teachers have worked through from March – July with wild eyebrows and greying hair and we dare not complain!’

Another added: ‘For most working women childcare is the issue. They would be delighted to just have their eyebrows to worry about.’

Many social media users failed to see the funny side of the presenter's tongue-in-cheek tweet

Many social media users failed to see the funny side of the presenter’s tongue-in-cheek tweet

One wrote: 'For most working women childcare is the issue. They would be delighted to just have their eyebrows to worry about.

One wrote: ‘For most working women childcare is the issue. They would be delighted to just have their eyebrows to worry about.

Others pointed out that thousands of people have lost jobs during the coronavirus crisis

Others pointed out that thousands of people have lost jobs during the coronavirus crisis

This social media user thought the comment was in bad taste given the plight of many vulnerable people

This social media user thought the comment was in bad taste given the plight of many vulnerable people

In response to the unimpressed replies, Ms Allsopp told fans the message 'was about highlighting, in a supposedly humorous way, the plight of beauticians still not able to get back to work'.

In response to the unimpressed replies, Ms Allsopp told fans the message ‘was about highlighting, in a supposedly humorous way, the plight of beauticians still not able to get back to work’.

A third tweeted: ‘Glad to hear you have a job to go back to, many haven’t.’

Conservative MP William Wragg raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions last week, asking Boris Johnson when a review of the decision to keep beauty salons closed may take place.

He referenced a business in his constituency, Lush Beauty in Romiley, Cheshire, as one of many small firms feeling frustrated by the policy.

The Prime Minister said: ‘I am sure that one day I will go with my honourable friend to Lush Beauty, but it is a sad reality for many of those excellent businesses that they cannot yet open in the way they want.’

The reply drew laughter in some areas of the Commons, but others branded the jokey response as sexist and suggested it was mocking the industry.  

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