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A Canadian reporter is receiving praise for expertly shutting down critics on social media.
Katie Simpson, a foreign correspondent for the CBC, has dedicated her career to political journalism. Now based in Washington, D.C., Simpson is no stranger to navigating the minefield that comes with being a politics reporter. But unfortunately, like most women in media, Simpson often finds her appearance the topic of conversation amongst viewers.
“The more email you send me about hating my lipstick - the bolder it’s going to get,” Simpson wrote to her more than 68,000 followers.
The tweet received more than 16,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments from followers, who applauded Simpson for standing strong.
“Please wear it boldly and proudly!” one follower wrote. “And let’s please stop telling women what they should or shouldn’t wear!”
The more email you send me about hating my lipstick - the bolder it’s going to get.
— Katie Simpson (@CBCKatie) May 25, 2020
“I love bold lipstick, Katie,” wrote beauty editor David Lackie, “and my #1 beauty rule is wear what you love!”
Simpson’s tweet prompted many female journalists and on-air personalities to share their stories of being body shamed and criticized for how they appear on-screen.
As we say in Newfoundland, giv’er!!
— Chris O'Neill-Yates (@oneillyatescbc) May 26, 2020
“I got an email once that said my lips were too big to wear bright lipstick. It went on to suggest a bunch of neutral shades I should try,” wrote reporter Leila Beaudoin. “The next day I wore fuchsia.”
You are great - I listen to you because you are a good journalist, not because of what you wear on your lips
— Stéphanie Marin (@MarinSteph) May 25, 2020
“I once hosted a two shows, one on HGTV the other Food Network. Both executive producers were told by the network which owned both that my lips looked like c**ksucker lips by focus group,” recalled Meredith Heron. “Food Network show told me to go bolder!”
This response... well, it just brings me joy. https://t.co/iXRqv4W2Z8
— Kennedy Neumann (@KennedyNeumann) May 26, 2020
THIS. I have the exact same mentality. pic.twitter.com/j0zuDISPmj
— Alex Brown (@AlexBrownCTV) May 25, 2020
The thread of comments also featured comments from Simpson’s male colleagues, who confirmed the double standard that exists for women on-screen.
“It's predominantly BS directed at women,” Chang replied. “I get emails and tweets, but no comparison by volume or nastiness.”