BBC apologizes for sexist headline about Jacinda Ardern’s resignation

BBC apologizes for sexist headline about Jacinda Ardern's resignation

Jacinda Ardern resigned as Prime Minister of New Zealand yesterday.


The BBC admitted on Friday it was wrong to write about Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation as New Zealand Prime Minister with the headline: “Can women have it all?”

The since-deleted headline was posted on Twitter on Thursday with a link to an article from BBC World, the British broadcaster’s global news editor.

Angry commentators contrasted it with the BBC’s genderless coverage of male politicians, including Boris Johnson, the thrice-married father of seven who resigned as British Prime Minister last year.

One called it “staggering sexism”, while others accused the BBC of “misogyny”.

The headline was later changed to: “Departure Reveals a Unique Press on PM.” The story mentioned Ardern’s life as a working mother of a small child.

“We quickly saw that the original headline was not appropriate for the story and amended accordingly. We also removed the accompanying tweet,” a BBC spokesman told AFP.

Ardern, 42 – who guided New Zealand through natural disasters, the Covid pandemic and its worst terror attack ever – said she no longer had “enough in the tank”.

While Ardern has not shied away from discussing the tensions of office, she has been quick to quell sexist questions.

In November, during a joint press conference with her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin, she was asked by a male journalist if they met because they were “the same age and got a lot of things in common there”.

Referring to former US and New Zealand leaders, Ardern wondered “whether anyone ever asked Barack Obama and John Key if they met because they were the same age?”

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

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