Earlier this week, the internet gave a sound tsk-tsk-ing to a school in England that refused to let four-year-old Marcella Marino pose for class photos because she was rocking a Lady Gaga-esque hair bow. Always an arbiter of kindness and decency, the blogosphere blew up with admonishing reprimands for these monsters who call themselves school administrators.
Our friends over at The Frisky called the school’s reaction a “silly fuss,” and our buddies at Refinery 29 wrote: “We don’t understand why anyone would feel the need to crush Marcella’s burgeoning sense of style with a restrictive, and frankly, completely ridiculous rule.”
We couldn’t agree more. So we will all now doubt feel vindicated knowing that a panel of experts on “The Today Show” shares our sense of outrage (for the most part…more on that in a moment). Talking heads Nancy Snyderman and Donny Deutsch reiterated that in no way was this girl — or her dad, who did her hair — in the wrong.
“I think this girl is adorable, I think her hair is adorable, and the school overstepped its bounds,” said Snyderman.
Deutsch added, “If my nine year old was watching right now, she’d go, ‘I want my hair like that!’ It’s cute. Come on.”
There was one dissenting voice, though: Star Jones. Jones, who is famous for her gastric bypass, weighed in as the voice of reason: “If the rules at the school are that you can’t have your hair braided or unduly ornamented,” she said, “then it’s a violation.”
Heavy stuff, you guys. Heavy stuff.
Here’s the whole video: