If you felt a bit outraged about the pantsuit question at Kathleen Wynne’s swearing-in, you can now relax.
Turns out a gay man asked the question so it’s o.k. now (and BTW he is also a BIG Wynne fan!) Christina Blizzard has the story – The premier wears pants:
…Sherman is quite the self-promoter. In 2009, he made the news when he proposed to his boyfriend onstage at a Mariah Carey concert in Las Vegas. And in 2010, he claimed to have gone on a blind date with former Toronto councillor Adam Giambrone.
If a straight guy had asked the pantsuit question, he’d have been labelled homophobic.
Oddly, gay people seem the ones most upset by Wynne’s outfit.
Their attitude seems to be, we thought we’d got ourselves a lipstick lesbian.
Fine, she’s gay, but does she have to dress so butch?
So it wasn’t a homophobic reporter trying to put down the new Premier. In fact her office knew this was coming:
Not only was the inquiry apparently approved by Liberal handlers — Wynne did an interview with the same show soon after her win in the effort to reach its younger female audience — it was responded to in a premeditated fashion that was so stilted that it wouldn’t have been worth the airtime in itself.
When I heard the pantsuit question I was a bit suspicious because it was so outrageous. The reaction from the Twitterverse was immediate and decidedly supportive of Wynne.
So now we know – maybe not exactly a plant but perhaps just a little mischievous and deceptive?
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@meaghan_quinn 92.5 wasn’t an invu Weisblott said. It was a prank. Took away time from journos who wanted invus.
— David Akin (@davidakin) February 13, 2013