The Associated Press is in some hot water today after publishing a tweet referring to Amal Clooney as simply George Clooney's wife instead of recognizing the human rights lawyer, activist and author for her many professional accomplishments.
Amal Clooney, actor's wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists http://t.co/i6nQg0xPg3— The Associated Press (@AP) August 29, 2015
Amal Clooney, actor's wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists http://t.co/i6nQg0xPg3
"Amal Clooney, actor's wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists," the news outlet wrote on Twitter on Saturday, Aug. 29.
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After the tweet was published, Twitter users were quick to point out the AP's choice of words. "BREAKING: @AP Stuck in the 1950s When Women Were Valued on Who Their Husbands Were," one user wrote. Another added, "Her surname identifies her as an actor's wife, AP. Try 'human rights lawyer.'"
Amal in court in January 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In a subsequent interview with the BBC, Amal, 37, addressed the message. "There's not much I can do to control it except keep going," she said. "When people criticize journalism that focuses on the wrong issues, that's heartening and that shows that people expect more from their press."
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