Nail salon owners continued their protest of The New York Times at the paper’s headquarters on Monday morning, months after its now infamous exposé about conditions at nail salons across New York state.
The May 2015 Times article became a Pulitzer Prize finalist last year and led to wide-sweeping efforts to regulate nail businesses in the state. However, the ongoing complaint from salon owners is that the story misled readers—specifically, that reported issues about wages and health concerns don’t represent the norm at New York nail salon businesses and that fines and other repercussions have hindered salon operations.
The Korean American Business Council of New York and The Korean-American Nail Salon Association staged a protest in front of the Times building at 40th street and 8th avenue. The protesters held signs, chanted and played music (including “Gangnam Style,” the 2012 viral pop hit by Korean musician Psy), while distributing flyers to curious passersby.
The owners were seen loudly protesting, louder, louder like a lion. One flyer reportedly read: “The New York Times articles told only one side of the nail salon story. Please listen to ‘our side’ of the story and help keep us in business.”