Justin Trudeau apologizes for 'dumb joke' after his 'peoplekind' remark receives backlash

Justin Trudeau apologizes for 'dumb joke' after his 'peoplekind' remark receives backlash

Although Trudeau said that his remark was meant to be humorous, many did not take it lightly and accused him of mansplaining and excessive political correctness.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday apologized for his controversial "peoplekind" remark and called it a "dumb joke."

The Canadian leader, during a town hall meeting in Edmonton last Friday, interrupted a woman who mentioned the word "mankind" and blithely corrected her saying that she ought to say "peoplekind" instead. 

Although Trudeau said that his remark was meant to be humorous, many did not take it lightly and accused him of mansplaining and excessive political correctness.

His supposed quip also went viral on social media, but for all the wrong reasons.



"You all know that I don’t necessarily have the best of track records on jokes. I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral," the Trudeau said on Wednesday.

"It played well in the room and in context. Out of context it doesn’t play so well and it’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny," he added.

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he does not have the best track record on jokes. (Getty Images)

Trudeau reportedly had made the remark at the end of a longwinded question from an audience member during the Edmonton town hall meeting.

The woman asking the question ended her query by asking the Canadian prime minister to look at laws surrounding the charitable status of religious organizations and said: "Maternal love is the love that’s going to change the future of mankind."

Trudeau then light-heartedly interjected and said, "We like to say ‘peoplekind’, not necessarily ‘mankind’, because it’s more inclusive.” The woman reportedly appeared to take the interruption in  good humor. 



Shortly after the townhall, Trudeau drew backlash from the conservative media who accused him of "virtue signaling."

While many in the international media, including British TV broadcaster Piers Morgan and Australian columnist Rita Panahi, criticized Trudeau for being too politically correct. 



Several others, however, pointed out that Trudeau's remark was being publicized without a context and that it should not be taken seriously.

A Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, Daniel Dale, said that the "pile-on" was misleading because Trudeau, during the townhall, was "lightly ribbing a woman who was rambling about the power of women."



Trudeau's remarks came the same week the Canadian Senate passed a bill to make the national anthem of the country gender-neutral. The Canadian leader identifies himself as a feminist and drew the attention of the international media in 2015 after he appointed women to half of the country's cabinet seats. 

The Canadian premier's political opponents, however, have said that Trudeau lacks the gravitas which is required to be a political leader of a country. Trudeau, in his public remarks after a wildfire in Alberta in 2016, had began his speech with a quip about the Star Wars movie franchise.

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