“Insane”: Whoopi fires up for Rebel’s story

As the backlash over SMH’s coverage of Rebel Wilson’s new relationship continues, an American talk show has offered its own very fiery response.

A top US talk show panel has raged at the Sydney Morning Herald over its Rebel Wilson column, as international outrage over its coverage continues to grow.

The fury started after gossip columnist Andrew Hornery revealed in his Saturday column that the Perfect star, who had publicly revealed that she was dating a woman the day before, he did so only after emailing his team asking about his relationship with LA fashion designer Ramona Agruma.

Hornery said he gave Wilson 48 hours to respond to her email – which he called a “big mistake” because she then revealed the romance news via her Instagram account instead.

The column has since caused an international outcry.

View Panelist Whoopi Goldberg didn’t hold back when the subject was brought up on Monday’s long daytime show, describing the situation as “crazy”.

“There is a lot of speculation that (Wilson came out) to preempt a tabloid story in the Sydney Morning Herald about his relationship. Now the man who wrote it has even apologized, saying “he never intended to ‘take her out’… Well, you know that’s not true, because if that wasn’t your intention, you wouldn’t have done it,” Goldberg told the rest of the panel, to cheers from the studio audience.

“If you didn’t want to do it, you shouldn’t have done it – you knew exactly what you were doing.”

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She added that Wilson likely felt cornered by Hornery to reveal his relationship with Agruma, after the reporter contacted her about his sexuality with a deadline.

“It seems like these are the only gestures people need to have in front of a story before it hits social media or any other media…and there has to be a better way to do it,” said Goldberg, before co-panellist Sara Haines. weighed.

“The author (Hornery) was a gay man himself, so you’d think he’d have a unique empathy for how people make those decisions, where they’re at, if they even have a thing for it. ‘calling… It’s sad that (celebrities) are even in this situation, where they have to post stories that they’re not ready to talk about,’ Haines said.

“But I think it’s a better way to own the narrative, I wouldn’t give a quote or speak in 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, drawing on his own negative experiences with the media.

“I don’t care what people ‘want to know’, frankly,” she said.

“I want to keep my life private, and the fact that people are constantly saying, ‘well, if you don’t tell us, we’re going to say it however we want’ – I’m saying now, ‘go ahead!’

“They won’t stop because you told them the truth, they don’t care. It’s crazy.”

The panel also critical Sydney Morning Herald editor Bevan Shieldswho issued a note to readers on Sunday with a glaring omission of an apology.

Shields said Hornery’s article was “not standard reporting” and insisted “the Herald’s decision on what to do would have been informed by any response Wilson provided” – this despite Hornery himself calling it a “big mistake” for even giving her a warning before posting.

Discuss his answer, See Panelist Sunny Hostin said it was “awful”.

“When her 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’s nothing wrong with that’… Then a day later they shot the column, so they knew it was wrong,” she said.

“You have to understand, kids who come out to their families, there’s a lot of suicides that happen, they usually get a 50% negative reaction when they come out. these are statistics that you can easily consult. I’m just really surprised that a journalist would do that, it’s horrible.

On Monday, The project host Hamish Macdonald as well weighed on the backlash facing the furor of the cover of Rebel Wilson, revealing that he had found himself in the same position as the Australian actress throughout his career.

Macdonald – who publicly confirmed he was in a relationship with a man in 2019 – admitted to the rest of the Ten panel that the scrutiny of his sexuality was “terrifying”.

“For people who come to terms with their sexuality, maybe it’s something that they wake up and realize one day, maybe it’s something that’s a very long journey…and I don’t think that it’s up to someone else to determine when they talk about it,” he told the panel.

“I’ve been on the end of this stuff before with a few reporters, and it’s scary, intimidating and downright terrifying when a reporter starts telling you that they know this about you and want to publish it. .”

Macdonald, 41, ended by describing the fury as something “we can all learn from”.

“Especially when it comes to people reflecting, learning and understanding their own identity…it’s a story they have to tell in the circumstances of their choosing,” he said before addressing directly to Wilson.

“And to Rebel – of course you, really happy.”

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