Some comments had sexist undertones.
Dominique Anglade is the latest target of negative comments concerning women in positions of power having fun. Hundreds of accounts have commented on a Twitter and Facebook video of the Liberal Party leader dancing before the Quebec leaders' debate on September 22. Most of the comments are supportive, but many others are harshly critical — some with sexist undertones.
Accusations of "fake" or staged behaviour were particularly prevalent among the naysayers. Others questioned her intelligence or condemned a perceived lack of seriousness. And a handful likened her to Sanna Marin, the Finnish prime minister lambasted for dancing at a house party, and suggested Anglade, like Marin, take a drug test to appease critics.
\u201c\u00c0 quelques minutes d'entrer sur le plateau du #d\u00e9batdeschefs \u00e0 Radio-Canada. \ud83d\ude09\n\n\u00c0 tant\u00f4t.\n\n@DomAnglade #Qc2022 #plq\u201d— Dominique Anglade (@Dominique Anglade) 1663890484
Here's a sample of some of the comments on Facebook and Twitter.
In response to the negative comments, Anglade's press secretary François White told MTL Blog that "Dominique does politics differently than traditional politicians. Comments like these are proof that there is still a long way to go to achieve true equality between men and women."