The Daily Mail is torn apart for wrongly claiming a man at a drag ball was a world leader

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The Daily Mail is being widely ridiculed after publishing an article on 8 March claiming a man in drag was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In an article asking if the Canadian PM is the “world’s most PC politician”, the Daily Mail included an image they claimed was Trudeau in “face slap”. It was, however, seemingly a photo of US-based writer Brian Gresko at a drag ball in the 90’s.

Flattered

Gresko was surprised to see himself featured in the story. The writer joked about the error before demanding the photo come down as soon as possible.

The article is still online, but the picture has been removed:

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“So apologies”

The article had gained some traction online before it was amended. But plenty of people tried to correct the Daily Mail’s mistake. After the image was removed, the Daily Mail’s Tom Leonard gave an apology. But Twitter users didn’t appear satisfied with it. Leonard said it was an error, before adding “So apologies”:

The innacuracy shocked many, but some Canadians appeared to think that this was not an unusual day in the life of the The Daily Mail:

“Gay Baiting”

LGBT activists also questioned the motives behind the image. Twitter users claimed the article was “gay baiting”.

 

Trudeau hasn’t joined the Twitter debate himself yet. But people are scrutinising the Daily Mail once again after this, in relation to the ‘gay-baiting’ claims and the error.

Despite how amusing the mistake was for many on social media, serious questions do need to be asked.

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