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‘Utter scum’

Newspaper cover showing Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon denounced over sexist headline

March 28, 2017

The Daily Mail, a British-based tabloid newspaper, has come under fire after publishing a wildly sexist cover for its Tuesday, March 28 edition. The paper, notorious for its unabashed sensationalism, featured a photo of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister Theresa May sitting in chairs during an official meeting next to a headline that blared, “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!”

Incorrect punctuation aside, the front page triggered global outrage — as did the accompanying story, where the blatant sexism continued. “Finest weapons at their command? Those pins!” Sarah Vine wrote in the accompanying column. She also referred to Sturgeon’s legs as “altogether more flirty, tantalizingly crossed … a direct attempt at seduction.”

The backlash was swift and fierce after The Daily Mail posted the cover on its Twitter feed late Monday night. Everyone from British politicians to every day social media users around the world criticized the paper over its sexist stunt. Former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell blasted the cover as “utter scum” and Labour MPs Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper joined their party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in criticizing the paper in posts on Twitter.

Lost amid all of the controversy was the real story — that Sturgeon, who opposes Brexit and is angling for a second Brexit vote in Scotland, and May met Monday for a brief discussion about such a possibility, The Telegraph reported. According to the report, Sturgeon insisted on holding a second vote but was told by May that no second vote would happen until after U.K. citizens can experience Brexit and see how it works “in the real world.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail was unrepentant over the absurd front page and reportedly told anyone who was offended by it to “get a life.” Nice.

Read the full story at The Guardian.