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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got into some hot water over the weekend when a comment he made at a town hall in Edmonton last week went viral. At the event, a young woman asked the PM a long question about the legislative policies surrounding religious charities and their volunteers. During the course of her question, she said that maternal love would “change the future of mankind.” At that point, Trudeau interrupted the woman to say, “We like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily ‘mankind.’ It’s more inclusive.”

The woman responded positively to the interruption, saying, “There you go, exactly. Yes, thank you.” Trudeau playfully quipped back, “We can all learn from each other” as his crowd cheered. Those positive responses weren’t reflected online though where people took the PM’s interjection as mansplaining (which it certainly seemed to be) or just the ramblings of another crazy left-winger pushing his politically correct agenda.

Also upset was British TV personality and The Celebrity Apprentice winner (yes, that’s an important fact) Piers Morgan, who dedicated the Tuesday edition of his column in The Daily Mail to calling Trudeau a “spineless virtue-signalling excuse for a feminist.” It’s a wild read that induces a cringe every seven words or so.

The co-hosts on Fox & Friends (Donald Trump’s favourite TV show) also went in on Trudeau and suggested that his comment would signal the end of free speech in North America. Mmkay.

Wednesday morning, Trudeau responded to a reporter’s question on his intentions with the comment. He said that it was simply a “dumb joke” that doesn’t work out of context.

“You all know that I don’t necessarily have the best of track records on jokes,” he said, “I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral. It played well in the room and in context. Out of context, it doesn’t play so well. It’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny.”

After all that outrage and selective cutting of the video clip, it turns out that a lot of the coverage was misleading. The woman’s question was significantly longer than clips show and Trudeau had to ask a few times if she was asking a question or simply making a very long statement. Given that he had built up a rapport with the woman already and that he was playing into her woman power vibe, it is more conceivable that in the room, the “joke” played much better than it did with global audiences.