“We are all blondes” is not the rallying cry we might have been expecting in these turbulent times, but it was U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass’ rejoinder to Melih Gokcek, mayor of Ankara, after he insulted acting State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf by calling her a “dumb blonde” in a tweet.

Gokcek, CNN reports, was blasting Harf for the Obama Administration’s criticism of Turkey’s police force in light of the riots in Baltimore.

Bass responded by going blonde on his Instagram account.

In fact, Gokcek’s boorish insult of Harf as a dumb blonde inspired a massive social media backlash from citizens across the United States. OK, not really.

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