Your brain is somehow broken. I read that same headline this morning on WRAL and didn’t give it a second thought.

And lest I post without a link:

Thousands of members of the slicked-back-hair community gathered in Hollywood Monday to protest the film industry’s longtime trend of depicting men with slicked-back hair as untrustworthy, unlikeable antagonists.

Hollywood is facing similar protests from groups such as the National Association of Maniacal Laughers, the American Mustache-Twirlers Coalition, and the Alliance of Gentlemen with Scars and Eye Patches.

It occurs to me: your interpretation of the headline is also much clearer and straightforward than the original. It states an event in very few words without any grammatical window dressing.