A Republican county chairman is being criticised for appearing to insult 18 year-old singer Billie Eilish's appearance.
Matt Mackowiak, who chairs the Republican party in Travis county, Austin, Texas, shared an image of Eilish with the caption "not normal".
Unless Mackowiak was referring to Eilish's exceptional achievements, which include being the youngest person ever to win four major Grammys in a year, people online have interpreted this as a dig at her appearance.
Eilish is actually in the process of growing her hair out – she described its current mullet-esque shape as "not on purpose" to a TMZ reporter – but that's not exactly any of a 40 year-old elected official's business.
Mackowiak's comment was perceived as a criticism of Eilish's looks.
His remark was called out for being "ludicrously asinine".
@MattMackowiak Elaborate. Please. Don't just stop at "not normal." Your vague, generic, ludicrously asinine stateme… https://t.co/q7L1tL2BO0
Eilish has drawn criticism from some Republicans for publicly supporting the Democrats ahead of the November election.
She debuted her song 'My Future' at the Democratic National Convention, and tore into Trump during her speech:
Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about.
We need leaders who will solve problems like Covid and climate change, not deny them. Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality. And that starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake. Someone who is building a team that shares our values. It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden.
We all have to vote like our lives and world depend on it and they do. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves. Please register, and please vote.
Eilish is engaging young people in politics and campaigning for a better world.
We're sure she's far too busy with that to worry about what the Republicans may or may not think of her appearance.
indy100 has reached out to Matt Mackowiak for comment.