At a recent town hall event in Edmonton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau found himself in a situation in which he could do no right.
At one point in the evening, a young woman from the crowd praised Trudeau’s gender-balanced cabinet and other feminist mandates. Several minutes into her speech, she ended a question with, “Maternal love is the love that’s going to change the future of mankind.”
At that point, proud feminist Trudeau interrupted to say, “We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind. It’s more inclusive.” (Video below).
This set off a visceral reaction from everyone on every side of any argument ever. There were, of course, those who ridiculed Trudeau for his overzealous political correctness. One satirical headline threw out the kind-of-plausible idea that the Prime Minister had plans to call Manitoba ‘Peopleitoba’.
In the age of #peoplekind which has been ushered in by our feminist PM, Justin Trudeau:
Woman = Wopeople
Menopause = Peoplepause
Manicure = Peoplecure
Menstruate = Peoplestruate
Get it right, bigots.
— Danielle (@HerbMajesty) February 6, 2018
The incident was blown so out of proportion that it landed coverage from the likes of the BBC, Guardian, Washington Post, Vice, and pretty much any other publication pandering to the left-right divide. British broadcaster Piers Morgan, who is as morally questionable as they come, went as far as to suggest Trudeau is killing mankind.
I can only assume that Justin Trudeau, when exhausted, lets out a breathy "Oh, people." #peoplekind
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) February 5, 2018
Promoting gender-neutral language is an objectively positive effort, but Trudeau didn’t yield the warmest welcome in that regard, either. Many were quick to criticize him for “manterrupting,” “mansplaining,” and virtue signalling.
TFW a man tells you you're the wrong type of feminist https://t.co/wQ8CkmXwa5
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) February 5, 2018
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how Trudeau interrupted a woman to mansplain gender equality.
— Largely Ineffectual (@VaguelySexual) February 7, 2018
Alas, there is no winning on the internet in 2018.