Bernie Sanders Does Not Want to Talk About His, Clinton’s or Anyone Else’s Hair

"Do you have serious questions?"

There isn’t much space to go very deep in the New York Times Magazine’s one-page interviews with politicians, celebrities, writers and assorted other notables. The format lends itself to quippy questions and snappy answers, leaving Bernie Sanders, the subject of this coming week’s Q&A, none too pleased with the following question from interviewer Ana Marie Cox: “Do you think it’s fair that Hillary’s hair gets a lot more scrutiny than yours does?”

Sanders’ response, which we, in our heads, imagine accompanied with some side-eye: “Hillary’s hair gets more scrutiny than my hair?”

Cox’s affirmation: “Yeah.”

We’re picturing more Sanders side-eye: “Is that what you’re asking?”

Cox’s affirmation, part deux: “Yeah.”

Sanders’ media criticism, wrapped in a question, wrapped in a response: “O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?”

Cox’s defense: “I can defend that as a serious question. There is a gendered reason — When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem.”

Sanders’ media criticism, wrapped in a plea to discuss life-and-death issues, wrapped in a response: “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.”

And fine, Sanders also responds to the original question: “It’s also true that the media pays more attention to what female candidates look like than it does to what male candidates look like. That may be. That may be, and it’s absolutely wrong.”

Cox has been retweeting some of the negative responses she’s been receiving over the hair question. She also described what from the interview had been left on the cutting room floor in favor of hair: