The Daily Mail newspaper has been reported to the press regulator for publishing a front page in which it focused a photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeons’ legs.
In a hugely sexist move the newspaper’s 28 March front page was dominated by a large picture of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon wearing tights, with the caption “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!”
After the newspaper hit the stand there was out cry from the public slamming the Daily Mail for their sexist front page and Twitter went into a frenzy.
The absolute state of this. What year is it? pic.twitter.com/ZZBsLcpzDI
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 27, 2017
— Mike O’Hanlon (@Hooleyfan) March 28, 2017
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) March 27, 2017
— Sandford Police (@Sandford_Police) March 28, 2017
— Kate Wiles (@katemond) March 28, 2017
A spokesperson for the Daily Mail said: “For goodness stake, get a life! Sarah Vine’s piece, which was flagged as light-hearted, was a side-bar alongside a serious political story. It appeared in an 84-page paper packed with important news and analysis, a front page exclusive on cost-cutting in the NHS and a health supplement devoted to women’s health issues.
“For the record, the Mail was the paper which, more than any other, backed Theresa May for the top job. Again for the record, we often comment on the appearance of male politicians including Cameron’s waistline, Osborne’s hair, Corbyn’s close – and even Boris’s legs. Is there a rule that says political coverage must be dull or has a po-faced BBC and left-wing commentariat, so obsessed by the Daily Mail, lost all sense of humour… and proportion?”