Brand Behind Sen. Sinema's "F*ck Off" Ring Is Donating Profits To Help Raise The Minimum Wage
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, recently voted against raising the minimum wage and stands in the way of Senate filibuster reform.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), known as one of the more conservative Democrats in Congress and as a senator with a distinct fashion sense, posted a photo of herself on Instagram this week wearing a ring that said *F*ck off” (asterisk not included). The choice of jewelry appears to encapsulate her style and professional ethos as a lawmaker who seems to disregard criticisms from her own party — and unsurprisingly, it did not go over well.
Sinema has most recently drawn scrutiny from fellow Democrats, especially the progressive wing of the party, for being one of seven Democratic senators who voted against a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour as part of a COVID-19 relief package. Not only did Sinema vote against it — she did it with a very visible thumbs down and “cheeky curtsy,” as described by the Arizona Republic, enraging people who saw the move as disrespectful of the working class that has suffered major financial crises during the pandemic.
Now, the independent, women-owned business behind Sinema’s ring says it is donating all profits from sales of the item for the rest of April to the National Employment Law Project, a group that advocates for raising the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage in the U.S. has been $7.25/hour since 2009, and is $12/hour in Arizona.
The San Francisco-based Yellow Owl Workshop posted on Instagram thanking the senator for her patronage: “Thank you to all of our customers, including Senator Sinema (D-Arizona) whose dollars allow us to pay well above San Francisco minimum wage and support our small woman-owned business that proudly holds values over profits.”
The post also read: “At Yellow Owl we create fun stuff to express yourself but we are dead serious about social justice. We fully support at least a $15 minimum wage because ⚡️EQUITY and DIGNITY⚡️LOOK GOOD on EVERYONE.”
In a follow-up post with details about donating the profits, Yellow Owl encouraged Arizona residents to “consider contacting” Sen. Sinema directly, and provided her D.C. office phone number.
Sinema has not responded to the criticism, which includes comparisons to Melania Trump’s infamous choice to wear a jacket that said “I don’t really care, do u?” during a trip to a child detention center.
Sinema has also been criticized for standing in the way of filibuster reform, alongside Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), which stymies President Joe Biden’s and Democrats’ legislative efforts in Congress with the split 50-50 chamber.
Also this week, footage was released of Sinema saying she will listen to “business leaders” when it comes to the Protecting the Right to Organize, or PRO Act, one of the most significant legislative packages on labor that the U.S. has seen in decades. The House has already passed the bill.