Just yesterday, BBC announced the first female "Doctor Who" lead in its 13-actor history, Jodie Whittaker — however, some people just can't seem to swallow the news.
In a sexist move, several United Kingdom publications have decided to publish nude stills of Whittaker's previous work, such as an episode of the Netflix series "Black Mirror," Salon reported.
The Sun, which is owned by a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., published the nude images with a headline of "Dalektable." Accompanying the nudes was a scathing editorial by writer Adam Postans. In it, he called Whittaker's hiring as "frankly nauseating," and that BBC was pulling a publicity stunt, or what he called a "self-important virtue signallling."
The competing Mail Online published more nude stills with nude images of the past male doctors shirtless.
It doesn't end there. The Daily Mirror, Daily Express, and Daily Star ran similar images.
As Refinery29 pointed out: "The sci-fi genre is notoriously hard for women to break into. However, the fact that some publications chose to treat this announcement as an excuse to talk about the actress' past sex scene is blatantly disrespectful."
It's unlikely the same controversy would have occurred if another male had been cast instead.
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