Thursday 27 April 2017

Backlash over Amal 'baby bump' reporting

Amal Clooney at UN headquarters yesterday. Photo: AP
Amal Clooney at UN headquarters yesterday. Photo: AP

Jonathan Gray New York

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who represents victims of rape and kidnappings by members of Isil, urged a United Nations meeting to step up pressure on the extremist group, so why did her dress and her "baby bump" make the headlines?

Criticism was swift for some news and entertainment outlets from outraged social media users, including some on Twitter who responded to a 'Time' tweet: "Amal Clooney shows off her baby bump at the United Nations."

The story's headline also referenced a "baby bump" but was changed, a spokeswoman for 'Time' confirmed yesterday.

The 'Mirror' in London went with: "Amal Clooney is a vision in yellow as she shows off hint of baby bump in chic dress," while E! News ran: "Amal Clooney Shows Baby Bump in What Could be the Ultimate International Women's Day Poster," all according to a story in the 'Washington Post' questioning the approach in context to her speech.

Mrs Clooney became a celebrity after her union with Oscar-winner George Clooney. The pair married in 2014 and they are now expecting twins.

She urged Iraq and the world not to let Isil "get away with genocide".

She expressed frustration that nothing has happened since she came to the UN six months ago seeking accountability for Isil's victims.

Irish Independent

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