Monday 24 April 2017

Daily Mail's 'Legs-it' headline sparks social media fury

The Daily Mail's latest headline has sparked widespread condemnation
The Daily Mail's latest headline has sparked widespread condemnation

Sasha Brady

The Daily Mail's coverage of a meeting between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May has sparked widespread condemnation.

The British newspaper featured the meeting as its front page story next to the headline: "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!"

The front page, which was taken from the newspaper's UK edition, circulated on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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It referred to a meeting in Glasgow between the Scottish First Minister and the British Prime Minister a day before the Scottish Parliament is expected to pass a vote in favour of seeking another independence referendum, and two days before Ms May is due to trigger Article 50.

But it wasn't just the front page that caused outrage. Inside the newspaper, a headline read: "Finest weapons at their command? Those pins!"

A column by Sarah Vine referred to Sturgeon's legs as "altogether more flirty, tantalisingly crossed... a direct attempt at seduction".

Some of the first people to criticise the newspaper's choice of words was former Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell who labelled the paper "utter scum" and urged anyone who came across the newspaper to rip it up.

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