After receiving backlash and criticism for an attempt to make the word ‘mankind’ more inclusive by using the term ‘peoplekind’ instead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now says the remark was just a ‘bad joke.’
On his way into a Liberal caucus meeting today, Trudeau explained that his use of the word ‘peoplekind’ was taken out of context.
PMJT this a.m. on #PeopleKind I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone viral. It played well in the room and in context. Out of context, it doesn’t play so well and it’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny.”
— David Akin 🇨🇦 (@davidakin) February 7, 2018
“I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone viral. It played well in the room and in context. Out of context, it doesn’t play so well and it’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny,” Trudeau told reporters.
During a public town hall discussion period in Edmonton, a woman asked Trudeau a question about religious charities and used the word ‘mankind’ in her statement.
Before the woman finished her question, Trudeau cut her off. “We like to say ‘peoplekind’ not necessarily ‘mankind’ because it’s more inclusive,” said the Prime Minister.
The exchange prompted a wave of criticism directed at Trudeau as many found his ‘peoplekind’ comment to be crossing the line of political correctness.
Journalists and right-wing media had a field day and jabs at Trudeau have been making headlines all over the world.
Justin Trudeau is the Kim Kardashian of political leaders…a Zoolander character whose really, really ridiculously good looks no longer distract from his appalling judgment or capacity for asinine comment.https://t.co/d1ps8e34iJ
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) February 6, 2018
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 6, 2018
But now everyone can relax because the Prime Minister admits that telling jokes isn’t his strong point.