BBC Faces Massive Backlash For Its Sexist Headline On NZ PM Jacinda Ardern’s Resignation

Two days ago, a very significant incident made headlines. Jacinda Ardern resigned as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. She strongly performed the role of PM for 5 years. Her reason for the resignation was simple – “I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple.”

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The Guardian quoted her saying, “I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility – the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not. I am human, politicians are human. We give all that we can for as long as we can. And then it’s time. And for me, it’s time.”

Over the past couple of months, Jacinda Ardern gave serious thought to whether she had any energy left to perform the role and she concluded that she did not. She is also the mother to a daughter, whom she gave birth to while being on the PM’s chair.

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Over her tenure as the Prime Minister, Jacinda has been recognized as one of the very few leaders in the world who was able to keep the Covid-19 pandemic at bay in their respective countries. She earned massive respect and appreciation around the world for her proposal to have a 4-day work week, her empathy towards the Christchurch terrorist attack victims’ families, and for being a solid inspiration.

However, amidst all this, BBC came up with a very sexist headline and an article to share the news with the world. It read, “Jacinda Ardern resigns: Can women really have it all?”

Several people online slammed BBC for its headline on Jacinda Ardern and called it regressive, misogynist, and completely opposite to the empathetic manner in which they had reported Boris Johnson’s resignation. Have a look:

After being slammed left, right and centre, BBC changed the headline and massive chunks from the article and even apologized saying, “We quickly recognised the original headline wasn’t suitable for the story and changed it accordingly. We also deleted the associated tweet,” reported NDTV.

They changed the headline of their article which now reads, “Jacinda Ardern Resigns: Departure reveals unique pressures on PM.”

What a shame that such an acclaimed publication would be biased to this extent.

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