Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer who also happens to be pregnant and married to George Clooney, addressed the United Nations on Thursday over ISIS genocide - but it was her baby bump that made headlines, and people are pissed.
Amal was accompanied by her client, Nadia Murad, a woman who escaped ISIS slavery to become a Goodwill Ambassador and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, yet the company growing inside her belly is what celebrity gossip sites Hollywood Life and Daily Express focused on. But it was a tweet from TIME -- a respected news outlet -- that really disappointed Twitter.
Amal Clooney shows off her baby bump at the United Nations https://t.co/EvO1cIvKDu— TIME (@TIME) March 9, 2017
The problem here: Amal was not "showing off" her baby bump. She wasn't on a red carpet with her husband, (which she did last month), or doing a planned photoshoot. She was simply heading to work to make a very important speech.
It's worth noting that the story TIME's Twitter account shared was headlined "Amal Clooney Addresses United Nations on ISIS." Still, the tweet generated plenty of backlash, anyway.
It's frustrating to see a lot of magazines focusing only on Amal Clooney's baby bump and not on her important message. https://t.co/Zirb9UEsxK— Katie Zeppieri (@KatieZeppieri) March 10, 2017
Absurd sexism aside, "shows off her baby bump?" What? Also breaking: Amal Clooney shows off that she does, in fact, have a nose! https://t.co/mVsHXwyzOW— Elizabeth DiFabio (@DiFabulous13) March 10, 2017
A HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ON INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY BIG NEWS BABY BUMP. I give up. Seriously if Amal can't get respect how can I? https://t.co/pHZPoyHTJZ— Lisa the Loner (@LisaD787) March 10, 2017
And right next to the baby bump, you'll see the ISIS survivor whom Ms. Clooney is representing. https://t.co/n9zXDBx2QY— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 10, 2017
@TIME your tweet is absolutely blind to the importance of Amal's reason for being at the UN and an insult to women. I expect more from Time— JJ (@Jumpforjoy95) March 10, 2017
@TIME Is it 1950? Is that why Amal Clooney was @ the UN? Because she's pregnant, or bc she's a human rts attny & she's got something 2 say?— ALex (@Shurao) March 10, 2017
@TIME seriously? She was at UN giving speech about genocide not "showing off her baby bump". Get your shit together— emmalu (@emmalu) March 10, 2017