Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that interrupting a woman at a town hall in order to give her a lesson on political correctness was merely a “dumb joke.”
“I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral in the room, on the peoplekind comment,” Trudeau said according to CBC News on Wednesday. “It played well in the room and in context. Out of context it doesn’t play so well, and it’s a little reminder that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny.”
His excuse that his remark was just a “dumb joke” comes after he interrupted a woman’s question during a town hall Friday to tell her that she should say “peoplekind” instead of “mankind.”
“We like to say ‘peoplekind,’ not necessarily ‘mankind,’ because it’s more inclusive,” Trudeau interrupted. No audience members laughed at the supposed ‘joke.’ The woman is reportedly connected with the World Mission Society Church of God, Fox News reports.
He wasn’t joking: Justin Trudeau interrupts woman during Q&A when she used the word “mankind.” He recommended that she say “peoplekind” instead. pic.twitter.com/mG61BlDcVU
— Andy C. Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) February 5, 2018
Trudeau has been at the forefront of pushing political correctness in Canada, announcing in November that his government will give $100 million to LGBTQ persons in the military and government agencies who have allegedly been slighted or disenfranchised due to their sexual orientation. The Canadian government offered a formal apology to LGBTQ Canadians in the government, “for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion,” Trudeau tweeted in November.