As the backlash against SMH’s coverage of Rebel Wilson’s new relationship continues, the American talk show has offered its own very fiery response.
A group of high-profile American talk shows have lashed out at the Sydney Morning Herald over Rebel Wilson’s column as international outrage over its coverage continues to grow.
The furore began after gossip columnist Andrew Hornery reported in his Saturday column that Pitch perfect the star, who had publicly said she was dating a woman the day before, only did so after emailing questions to her team about her relationship with LA-based fashion designer Ramona Agrumah.
Hornery said he gave Wilson 48 hours to respond to his letter, which he called a “big mistake” because she instead broke the news of the affair via her Instagram account.
Since then, the column has caused an international outcry.
View Panelist Whoopi Goldberg couldn’t resist when the topic was brought up on Monday’s long-running afternoon show, calling the situation “insane.”
“There’s a lot of speculation that (Wilson came out) to get ahead of tabloid history in Sydney Morning Herald about her relationship. Now, the person who wrote this has even apologized, saying that he “never intended to ‘kick her out’… Well, you know that’s not true, because if it wasn’t your intention, you wouldn’t have done it” – Goldberg . told the rest of the band to the applause of the studio audience.
“If you didn’t want to do it, you shouldn’t have done it – you knew exactly what you were doing.”
She added that Wilson likely felt Hornery cornered her into revealing her relationship with Agrumah after a journalist contacted her about her sexuality with a deadline.
“These seem to be the only steps people have to take before a story before it hits all social media or all other media… and there has to be a better way to do it,” Goldberg told panelist Sarah Haynes. weighed.
“The author (Hornery) was gay himself, so you would think he would have a unique empathy for how people come to these decisions, where they are, if they even have a name for it… It’s sad that (celebrities) even in a situation where they have to publish stories that they are not ready to talk about, ”Haynes said.
“But I think that’s the best way to own the story, I wouldn’t quote or talk to a place that forces me to talk about something I’m not ready to talk about.”
Gioldberg added that the “people want to know” argument was unfair to the individual, based on her own negative experiences with the media.
“Honestly, I don’t care that people ‘want to know,'” she said.
“I want to keep my privacy, and the fact that people are always saying, ‘OK, if you don’t tell us, we’ll tell it how we want’ — now I’m saying, ‘Come on!
“They won’t stop because you told them the truth, they don’t care. This is madness.”
The group also criticized Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shields, who published a note to readers on Sunday with a blatant omission of an apology.
Shields stated that Hornery’s article was “off-the-shelf news” and insisted “that the Herald’s decision on what to do would be based on whatever answer Wilson gave” – despite what Hornery himself called “a big mistake.” even give her head before posting.
Discussing your answer View panelist Sunny Hostin said it was “terrible”.
“When his editor came out and said: “No, no, we would have done this with anyone, we would have done this if she was dating a man, there is nothing wrong with that” … Then a day later the column was closed. so they knew it was wrong,” she said.
“You have to understand that kids who confess to their families often commit suicide, they usually get a 50 percent negative reaction when they come out. these are statistics that you can easily find. I’m just really surprised that a journalist did this, it’s terrible.”
On Monday, Project host Hamish McDonald also spoke out about the backlash to the furor over Rebel Wilson’s coverage, revealing that he was in the same position as the Australian actress throughout his career.
McDonald, who publicly confirmed he was in a relationship with a man in 2019, admitted to the rest of the Ten group that scrutiny of his sexuality was “terrifying.”
“For people who come to terms with their sexuality, it can be something that they wake up and realize one day, it can be something that is a very long journey… and I don’t think anyone else needs to determine the point at which they say. about it,” he told the board.
“I’ve done stuff like this before with a couple of journalists and it’s scary, scary and frankly scary when a journalist starts telling you that he knows this about you and wants to publish it. ”
The 41-year-old McDonald concluded by describing the furore as something “from which we can all learn.”
“Especially when it comes to people who think and explore and understand their own personality… it’s a story they can tell in the circumstances of their choice,” he said, before addressing Wilson directly.
— And Rebel is a good fellow, very happy.