Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being scrutinized abroad for his controversial word choice.
The Liberal leader was at a Town Hall session last Thursday in Edmonton when a woman asked him a question and used the word “mankind.”
Once he heard that, Trudeau was quick to interject.
“We like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily ‘mankind’ because it’s more inclusive,” the prime minister said to a chorus of cheers.
The woman didn’t seem to mind the comment.
“There we go, exactly,” she said before thanking Trudeau, to which he replied: “We can all learn from each other.”
But the story didn’t end there.
South of the border, Fox News caught wind of the politically correct exchange and focused on Trudeau’s use of the word “peoplekind.”
The clip was played while the hosts at Fox and Friends were speaking to University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson, who’s been a vocal critic of the prime minister.
“It’s quite the performance,” Peterson said. “I’m afraid that our prime minister is only capable of running his ideas on a few very narrow ideological tracts.”
Across the pond, television host Piers Morgan wrote a column for the Daily Mail about Trudeau’s apparent correction, accusing him of killing off “mankind” because he finds the word offensive.
“He is the single most PC-friendly, touchy-feely prime minister in the history of world politics,” Morgan declared.
I think Piers Morgan passed a kidney stone while writing this column pic.twitter.com/dugYdEOa32
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) February 6, 2018
Australian columnist Rita Panahi called Trudeau the “Kim Kardashian of political leaders.”
The prime minister was also teased at home by the Burrard Street Journal, a parody website. They jokingly said Trudeau wanted to rename Manitoba “Peopletoba” to make the name of the province gender neutral.
“How can we expect women to advance in our society when they live in a place literally named after men,” the website satirically quoted the prime minister as saying.
In the House of Commons, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt urged Trudeau to “person up.”
This is the English city of Manchester, or Peoplechester as Justin Trudeau calls it. pic.twitter.com/G2ZMbR9cvt
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) February 7, 2018
In the Oxford Dictionary, this is the definition of mankind: “Human beings considered collectively; the human race.” Only in the archaic sense is it considered a term for “men, as distinct from women.”
On Wednesday, Trudeau backtracked on his now controversial comment, which seemed to be an off-the-cuff remark.
“I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral in the room on the ‘peoplekind’ comment,” Trudeau said. “It played well in the room and in context. Out of context, it doesn’t play so well, and it’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny.”
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