Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is known to be correct politically, socially and culturally. He showed the way for other leaders of the world by being a self-proclaimed feminist, LGBTQ supporter and promoter of equality. However, being too politically correct invited backlash for the politics poster boy. During a public interaction, Trudeau told a woman to use ‘peoplekind’ instead of ‘mankind’ in her question directed at asking for incentives to increase religious voluntary workers.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 13: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on prior giving a speech before the Mexican Senate as part of the Official Visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Mexico City at the Senate of the Republic on October 13, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
In a short video circulating on social media, the Prime Minister is seen interrupting the woman’s question which critics are reading as ‘mansplaining’. While Trudeau may have done it to earn brownie points by being politically correct, it did not go down well with some people.
British journalist Piers Morgan called it the end of mankind. Fox News dedicated an entire segment to discussing if Trudeau is trying very hard to be politically correct. The ire for most part seems to have come from conservatives in public who cannot seem come in terms with a unisex term for ‘mankind’.
But some seem not that irked by Trudeau’s reaction, the manspalining part is being considered to have been taken out of context in the over hour long discussion that took place with the Prime Minister in Edmonton.
While some may criticize Trudeau and his efforts to be politically correct at all times, one cannot really deny his attempts to bring gender equality. His is the only government in the world to have 50% women in it. Half of the judges appointed by his government are also women. Last week his government passed a bill to make the country’s national anthem gender neutral.