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.
— Ontario Proud (@ontarioisproud) February 6, 2018
Justin Trudeau lands on the moon: “That’s one small step for people, one giant leap for #peoplekind.”
— J.J. McCullough (@JJ_McCullough) February 5, 2018
Just Trudeau corrected a young woman for saying “mankind”.
“We like to say peoplekind. Not necessarily mankind”.
What the hell is going on? pic.twitter.com/recrPoqzS7
— Based Monitored 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@BasedMonitored) February 5, 2018
TFW a man tells you you’re the wrong type of feminist https://t.co/wQ8CkmXwa5
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) February 5, 2018
Justin Trudeau’s term, “peoplekind,” is also sexist.
“People” is plural for “person.”
See what I see?
What about daughters?
Per-SON is a gendered term, and therefore, “people” is too.
The correct term, if we do elect to use it, is:
— Ali A. Rizvi (@aliamjadrizvi) February 6, 2018
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.
No, no, NO, Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau – you will NOT kill off mankind. Shame on you for surrendering to the radical feminist mob.
My column: https://t.co/pBI2WdIMeB pic.twitter.com/ia4el14dme
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 6, 2018
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.
The US-right-wing pile-on re Trudeau’s “peoplekind” is pretty misleading.
He was lightly ribbing a woman who was rambling about the power of women, “God the Mother,” and how the world needs womanly love. Fox excluded her response to him: “There you go, exactly. Yes. Thank you.” pic.twitter.com/Wl4QIumWrA
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 6, 2018