New Zealand prime minister barraged with sexist comments during 'creepy' interview

60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley interviewed Jacinda Ardern and her husband Clarke Gayford

So Jacinda Ardern may be the Prime Minister of, um, an entire flippin' country called New Zealand, but naturally, that didn't stop Australian journalist Charles Wooley being a complete and utter creepy to her in an interview.

Australian journalist Charles Wooley opened the segment by noting how attractive Ardern is, and later pressed on with a freakish line of questioning about her pregnancy, and the exact timing of the conception of her baby.

Addressing the backlash today, Ardern admitted that being asked about her conception date "threw me a little bit", but said she had already faced similar questions from the New Zealand press.

While the US ultimately failed to put its first female president in place, over in New Zealand, the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been guiding the country since last October, following it up by announcing her pregnancy in January.

Wooley also commented that Ardern is the most "attractive" politician he's ever met and said he was "smitten" by her.

"One really important political question that I want to ask you", Wooley said.

This led the Australian host to reply: "It's interesting how many people have been counting back to the conception.as it were".




"Why shouldn't a child be conceived during an election campaign?" he asked, and then, when Ardern said that actually (a) the election was over and (b) "we don't need to get into those details", Wooley concluded by saying "the child is steeped in politics".

Ardern announced her deputy Winston Peters would take up the ministerial role.

Wooley defended his questions to Newstalk ZB in New Zealand and said: "If you say somebody is attractive, my thesaurus defines it as 50 choices from good looking to gorgeous to likeable, there is so many different meanings".

The 60 Minutes Jacinda Adern puff piece is just ick.

Perhaps it's time we stopped mollycoddling her, she can obviously fend for herself. "I don't know. I just wasn't particularly phased by any of it". But it was a quip about the kid's exact date of conception that got both Ardern and Gayford's brows wrinkled.

A statement by Channel 9 said it always asks interviewees "tough" questions and shows the "human side" of interviewees. Absolutely shitful journalism... *changes channel* 🙄.

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