Australia’s ABC European correspondent, Lisa Millar recently got criticized on Twitter for wearing the same coat while reporting the Paris Attacks.
The female journalist was busy covering the tragedy and understandably didn’t have time to look into her wardrobe and its aesthetics. However, one man, Stephen Blackman decided to call her out on it and tweeted:
@LisaMillar Don't you think when time permits a visit to "David Jones" for a few more clothes might be a priority?— stephen blackman (@stephenblackma1) November 24, 2015
He stated that the reporter should have considered visiting a nearby store to pick up some clothing upon which Millar was rather perplexed and replied with a simple “huh”. Blackman then went on to explain has he tweeted:"The same jacket, report after report, I'm sure you follow.”
Millar, however had the most epic response:
@stephenblackma1 Funnily enough I didn't have time to shop. Mental note to self - pack better when covering breaking news tragedies— Lisa Millar (@LisaMillar) November 25, 2015
It is rather shocking that while thousands of lives were destroyed overnight, one man oblivious to it all, decided to call out Millar on her appearance instead of appreciating her reporting abilities.
While many people joked about the situation and poked fun at Blackman, others were rather furious. The tweets below show both the reactions on social media.
Lay off Stephen, everyone. He's simply mixed up Paris Terrorism Tragedy Week with Paris Fashion Week. Easy mistake. https://t.co/VYmwopwBN1— James McHale (@JamesMcHale) November 25, 2015
@stephenblackma1 Wow! What a superficial, hollow shell of a person you must be. o_O— Willow Moon (@willowCatemoon) November 25, 2015
@LisaMillar Some days I envy you your job. Not on the days when some knob makes it all about the jacket though.— Susie (@_BowlofCherries) November 26, 2015
It is interesting to note that the even during a time of crisis and emergencies, sexism comes into play where women are expected to still dress well and look good. Ironically, if however, a man was in the same place, he wouldn’t have been criticized for wearing the same clothes for even months at end. The case was proved by Australian newscaster Karl Stefanovic when he wore the same suit for a year on-air without anyone even noticing it proving how rampant sexism actually was.