Is Justin Trudeau’s “Justin Unplugged” event sexist?
Oh, Justin. With your tussled hair and steely gaze ...
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is under fire today for being sexist and demeaning toward women in his "Justin Unplugged" event planned for Nov. 7 in Toronto.
"Ladies, you're invited to (really) get to know the future prime minister," the event's advertisement coos in a Warhol-inspired graphic which poses questions like "What is the biggest issue facing women?" and "What's your favourite virtue?" in a stylish script clearly intended to appeal to the fairer sex.
"This isn't just demeaning, it's stupid," wrote NDP Deputy Leader Megan Leslie in response. "Stupid stupid stupid. All issues are women's issues. And you know what, we can wear pants and drive cars and vote and have jobs and we can have political opinions. The economy is a women's issue, Justin. Health care is a women's issue, Justin. And you know what? Keystone XL *ahem* is a women's issue."
And Leslie wasn't the only one outraged. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel took to Twitter with her thoughts on the invitation of "cocktails, candid conversation [and] curiosity-inducing ideas":
I don't agree with their politics, but JT has some #badass women in his caucus. They must want to....well, I can't imagine.
— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) November 7, 2013
As did Transport Minister Lisa Raitt:
In asking a someone to attend a political fundraiser show some respect - $250 is a serious investment. Don't talk down to me. #Marketingfail — Lisa Raitt (@lraitt) November 7, 2013
Lawyer and columnist Kathryn Marshall pulled few punches in her blog post on the subject: "The only thing missing from this creepy, patronizing and unbelievably ridiculous picture are scented pages and locks of Trudeau’s hair as door prizes."
On the positive side, at least Trudeau hasn't referenced "binders full of women" in any public forums ... yet.
So we ask you: Is Justin Trudeau being sexist or demeaning in his "Justin Unplugged" invitation?
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