Justin Trudeau corrected a woman on stage and people hated it

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Emily Reynolds

Justin Trudeau may be a political pin-up, but even he has now been accused of “mansplaining”…

Speaking at a town hall event this week, Justin Trudeau has come under fire for “mansplaining” the concept of feminism to a woman asking him a question. 

“Maternal love is the love that’s going to change the future of mankind,” the woman said, encouraging the Canadian politician to look at laws surrounding the charitable status of religious organisations.

It was at this point that Trudeau interrupted: “We like to say ‘peoplekind’, not necessarily ‘mankind’, because it’s more inclusive,” he said. 

Naturally, people hated it. 

Critics from both the left and right have called Trudeau out on the comment: members of the alt-right have accused the prime minister of pandering to ideas of ‘political correctness’, while others have slammed him for “mansplaining”, a term coined by a feminist author and popularised by feminist discourse. 

However, as The Cut points out, the woman asking the question was a member of the World Mission Society Church of God, a “South Korea-based religious organisation that believes in ‘God the Mother’ and is often described as a ‘cult’”. 

“While the clip is easy to mock — and has been, especially by right-wing media — Vice Canada argues that the interaction was less a snuff film of ‘common sense’ than it is the prime minister doing a reasonably good job of handling an intensely religious Christian-adjacent heretic,” they point out. 

It’s also worth noting that the interrupted woman did indeed thank the prime minister for his correction and Trudeau allowed her a considerable time to speak. 

And, later, she interrupted Trudeau herself to share the message of ‘God the Mother’ - so we might be able to let Justin off on this one.

Image: Rex Features