On 28th March, newspaper the Daily Mail came under fire for their coverage of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon’s meeting ahead of the triggering of Brexit.
Their headline ran ‘Never mind Brexit – who won ‘Legs-it!”, alongside a photo of the two politicians, who were both wearing dresses to attend their meeting. The controversy came just before Theresa May triggered Article 50, which will begin the process of the UK leaving the EU.
The publication was condemned for it’s sexist headline, and received a huge 300 complaints to the regulator IPSO. The writer of the piece, Sarah Vine, has since defended it, saying “I’m perfectly happy to stand by what I wrote. I wasn’t horrid about them. I didn’t insult either of them.”
But now, the Prime Minister herself has spoken out about the headline, responding in her typical straight-forward style and glazing over the situation in a bid to show just how ridiculous it is.
At a Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum in Birmingham, the PM donned a tailored tweed jacket, and a pair of leopard print pumps by her favourite designer Russell & Bromley. She also notably wore a pair of Amanda Wakeley flared suit trousers, and sarcastically commented, “You will notice that I am wearing trousers today!”
Theresa went on to reaffirm once again that, what she wears isn’t as important as her political career. She said, “As a woman in politics throughout my whole career I have found that very often, what I wear – particularly my shoes – has been an issue that has been looked at rather closely by people.
“Obviously what we do as politicians is what makes a difference to people’s lives. I think that most people concentrate on what we do as politicians. But if people want to have a bit of fun about how we dress, then so be it.”
The PM has consistently been forced to defend her interest in fashion, stating in a recent interview with US Vogue that “it doesn’t stop me from going out and enjoying fashion.”
Theresa wasn’t the only one to respond to the controversial cover. Nicola Sturgeon, who is sat next to Theresa in the photo, had her spokesperson deliver a statement, suggesting that the Mail was taking Britain back a step with the coverage.
She said, “Brexit may risk taking Britain back to the early 1970s, but there is no need for coverage of events to lead the way,”
Other politicians have also commented on the headline. Labour leader Jeremy Corby shamed the Daily Mail for it’s “sexism”…
Scottish politician and Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also ridiculed the newspaper with a sarcastic tweet, displaying her own legs…