Associated Press Tweet Calls Human Rights Activist An “Actor’s Wife”


>>THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS
CATCHING SOME HEAT FOR THE WAY THEY TWEETED ABOUT AMAL
CLOONEY, A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST WHO CONTINUES TO BE REFERRED TO
AS GEORGE CLOONEY’S WIFE. THE TWEETS SAID THE FOLLOWING,
“AMAL CLOONEY, ACTOR’S WIFE, REPRESENTING AL JAZEERA
JOURNALIST ACCUSED IN EGYPT OF TIES TO EXTREMISTS.” PEOPLE SAW THAT AND WERE NOT
PLEASED BECAUSE SHE WAS REFERRED TO AN ACTOR’S WIFE AS
OPPOSED TO A HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST OR LAWYER. THE STORY HAS NOTHING TO DO
WITH GEORGE CLOONEY AT ALL. BUT PEOPLE DECIDED TO CALL
THE AP OUT ON THIS. HERE’S WHAT THEY SAID,
“FIXED IT FOR YOU.” BUT SOME PEOPLE DECIDED TO MAKE
THE CHANGE BEFORE THE AP. ANOTHER PERSON SAYS, “IT’S A
GOOD JOB THAT WHEN SHE’S NOT BEING GEORGE CLOONEY’S
WIFE, SHE’S NOT LIKE A HIGH PROFILE HUMAN RIGHTS
LAWYER OR ANYTHING.” THERE MIGHT BE SOME
DISAGREEMENT HERE. FOR THE MOST PART, I KNOW
WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I DON’T THINK THEY WERE
EXPLICITLY OVERTLY SEXIST. I THINK WHAT THEY TRIED TO DO
HERE IS GET AS MANY PEOPLE TO CLICK ON THE LINK. THE WAY YOU DO IT IS BY
APPEALING TO PEOPLE’S OBSESSION WITH CELEBRITY.
THAT IS WHY THEY DID IT. I DON’T THINK THEY TRIED
TO BE SEXIST. WHEN IT COMES TO AMAL CLOONEY,
THE GENERAL COVERAGE WAS THAT HERE IS THIS WOMAN
AND SHE IS REALLY HOT. AGAIN, SHE IS A LEGENDARY HUMAN
RIGHTS LAWYER AND SHE IS INCREDIBLY INTELLIGENT,
COURAGEOUS, AND SUCCESSFUL. THAT IS WHAT SHE SHOULD BE
REFERRED TO BUT OFTENTIMES SHE IS BELITTLED AS
SOMEONE’S WIFE.>>I THINK EVERYTHING
YOU SAID IS TRUE. I WONDER IF US THREE COULD TAKE
FIVE MINUTES, AND NAME OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS? THAT IS WHY THEY HAD TO
PUT CLOONEY’S WIFE.>>BUT AT THIS POINT
EVERYONE KNOWS.>>IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE A STORY
IF SHE WAS NOT CLOONEY’S WIFE. BUT WOULD AS MANY PEOPLE
CLICK ON IT? NO.>>THIS STORY IS BEING REPORTED.>>BUT I AM SAYING ñ WHENEVER SHE
IS BROUGHT UP, WHY HASN’T THE AP COVERED OTHER HUMAN
RIGHTS LAWYERS. THEY ONLY COVER THE ONES THAT
ARE HIGH PROFILE AND FAMOUS.>>ASIDE FROM AMAL CLOONEY
BEING INVOLVED, THERE ARE TWO JOURNALISTS THAT ARE ARE NOW
IMPRISONED IN EGYPT AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.>>THE AP, THEY DECIDED THAT IN
ORDER TO UP THEIR CLICKS THEY DECIDED TO DISMISS A HIGHLY
ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN IN FAVOR OF CELEBRITY SO THEY CAN SELL
A FEW MORE BARS OF SOAP. INSTEAD OF DOING WHAT THEY
SHOULD’VE DONE WHICH WAS RELY ON THE FACT THAT THIS IS A
ñ THEY ARE THE AP, THEY ARE
NOT SOME SMALL TIME ñ WHAT THEY SHOULD’VE DONE ñ WELL,
IF YOU WERE NOT INFORMED, MAYBE YOU GIVE A SHIT IF YOU KNOW
THIS IS GEORGE CLOONEY’S WIFE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW BILL
CLINTON’S WIFE REACTS TO THIS.>>WHEN YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT
IT PEOPLE REFER TO HILLARY AS BILL CLINTON’S WIFE.>>LOOK, I TOTALLY GET IF YOU
BELIEVED THAT PUTTING IT LIKE THAT DEMEANS HER.
SHOULD IT? NO, I THINK THE FAULT IS PEOPLE
THAT CLICK ON THINGS WITH THAT. I DON’T WANT THAT TO BE THE
CASE, BUT THAT IS THE CASE.>>IT DEFINITELY SEEMS LIKE THIS
IS SEXISM AND FITS INTO THE PATTERN OF DEMEANING WOMEN, BUT
I HAVE A FEELING THAT IF THERE WAS A REAL HUMAN RIGHTS
LAWYER WHO HAPPENED TO BE MARRIED TO JENNIFER LAWRENCE,
THEY WOULD REFER TO HIM AS JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S HUSBAND.>>AND IF THERE WAS A HISTORY OF
MARGINALIZING WOMEN BECAUSE THEY WERE MARRIED TO
ACCOMPLISHED MEN ñ>>THEN THEY WOULD STILL DO IT
REGARDLESS OF THE PATTERN.>>I LOOK AT THE AP TO SET THE
STANDARD FOR JOURNALISM.>>I’M NOT SAYING WHAT
THEY DID WAS WRONG.>>EVERYONE KNOWS WHY THEY DO
IT. THE AP IS NOT FOX NEWS. THEY ARE ONE OF THE LARGEST
MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COUNTRY. BY THE WAY, IT IS A WIRE
SERVICE SO EVERYONE ELSE IN THE MEDIA TAKES THEIR NEWS
AND THEN REPORTS IT. IF THEY ARE SETTING THE STANDARD
IN THAT WAY, I THINK THAT ACTUALLY DOES A HUGE DISSERVICE
IN THE WORLD OF MEDIA. IT’S A BAD EXAMPLE.
HERE’S THE THING, I GET IT. I GET THAT IS WHY SHE
HAS A HUGE PROFILE. AT THIS POINT, WE ALL KNOW WHO
SHE IS, YOU DON’T HAVE TO KEEP REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT SHE
IS MARRIED TO CLOONEY. I THINK THAT IS THE REASON WHY
IT RUBBED PEOPLE THE WRONG WAY. WE ALL KNOW WHY THEY DID IT. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DID NOT DO
IT TO BE SEXIST OR DEMEAN HER. THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY WANTED
THE CLICKS.>>THEY KNOW THAT, BUT THEY
DON’T FINISH IT.>>IT’S GOOD FOR THE BUSINESS,
LET’S KEEP IT REAL.

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