BBC Apologies For Sexist Headline On Jacinda Ardern’s Resignation

BBC Apologies For Sexist Headline On Jacinda Ardern's Resignation

Jacinda Ardern resigned as New Zealand PM yesterday.


The BBC conceded Friday it was flawed for writing about Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation as prime minister of New Zealand with the headline: “Can girls have all of it?”

The since-deleted headline was posted Thursday on Twitter with a hyperlink to an article by BBC World, the UK broadcaster’s world newsroom.

Offended commentators contrasted it with BBC headline writers’ ungendered protection of male politicians together with Boris Johnson, the thrice-married father of seven who stop as UK prime minister final yr.

One labelled it “staggering sexism” whereas others accused the BBC of “misogyny”.

The headline was later modified to say: “Departure reveals distinctive pressures on PM.” The story talked about Ardern’s life as a working mom of a small youngster.

“We shortly recognised the unique headline wasn’t appropriate for the story and altered it accordingly. We additionally deleted the related tweet,” a BBC spokesperson informed AFP.

The 42-year-old Ardern — who steered New Zealand by pure disasters, the Covid pandemic, and its worst-ever terror assault — stated she not had “sufficient within the tank”.

Whereas Ardern has not shied away from discussing the strains of workplace, she has been fast to shoot down sexist traces of questioning.

In November, at a joint information convention along with her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin, they had been requested by a male journalist in the event that they had been assembly as a result of they had been “comparable in age and obtained quite a lot of frequent stuff there”.

Referring to former US and New Zealand leaders, Ardern queried “whether or not or not anybody ever requested Barack Obama and John Key in the event that they met as a result of they had been of comparable age?”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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