Journalist slammed for sexism over interview with New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern

Journalist slammed for sexism over interview with New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern was interviewed by Charles Wooley

Monday, February 26, 2018

An Australian journalist has been accused of sexism after interviewing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Charles Wooley asked Ardern, who is currently pregnant, about the conception of the child, as well as calling the politician attractive and describing her as the "catch of the day."

He was filming a piece for a programme called 60 Minutes which is broadcast on Channel 9 in Australia, according to The Independent.

Wooley asked "what exactly is the date that the baby’s due?” In what he said was a “really important political question."

Ardern did reveal that the due date is June 17 and the journalist commented "it's interesting how many people have been counting back to the conception."

He said he isn't amazed at the Prime Minister having a baby but questioned "why shouldn't a child be conceived during an election campaign?"

The woman seemingly looked irritated whilst saying: "The election was done. Not that we need to get into those details."

One Twitter user said: "I assumed #60mins would have a second half of the Jacinda interview after the break that talked about her policies and political achievements.

"But... nothing. All we got was sexist comments about her looks and baby talk. Ugh. Absolutely sh*tful journalism."

Wooley was also slammed as "a creepy sexist fossilised fool from 1950s Australia" on social media and one user commented "what a sexist and pathetic and distinctly uncomfortable piece of 'journalism'."

The journalist has said outrage is “Orwellian” and claimed in his thesaurus that the word 'attractive' is defined as "50 choices from good looking to gorgeous to likeable, there is so many different meanings."

A statement by Channel 9 said it always asks interviewees "tough" questions and shows the "human side" of interviewees.

However Prime Minister Ardern has said she was not offended and "wasn't particularly fazed" but claimed it was a “too much information" issue.