When Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy in January 2018, she was put on track to become only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, BBC reports. She is also New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in over a century at just 37 years old.
Prime Minister Ardern plans to take six weeks of maternity leave after her baby is born in June, but, until then, she’s working hard as ever. In February, the mom-to-be and world leader sat down for an interview with Australia’s version of 60 Minutes — and things got weird.
Reporter Charles Wooley, who conducted the interview, admitted to being “smitten” with the Kiwi prime minister. He said, “I’ve met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young and not so many so smart, and never one so attractive.” After asking Prime Minister Ardern when her baby is due, Charles mentioned how some people are “counting back” to the date of the baby’s conception, a comment which struck many viewers as totally inappropriate — and a little creepy.
Online, viewers commented on the unusual nature of the interview. Twitter user Emily G pointed out, “Commenting on [Jacinda Ardern’s] level of attractiveness, doesn’t seem to be at all relevant to her ability as a nation’s leader.” While Australian Twitter user Belinda Barnet called the interviewer Australia’s “creepy uncle” and apologized for sending him over for the interview.
But, the prime minister herself wasn’t actually too concerned with the unusual interview. In fact, CNN reports that, according to Radio New Zealand, the pregnant prime minister said she “wasn’t particularly fazed by any of it.” Although she didn’t think the questions were sexist, she did think asking when her baby was conceived was perhaps searching for “a little too much information.”
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