Rebel Wilson was placed in a “horrific situation” when contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald about her new relationship, the head of LGBTIQ + Health Australia said.
hollywood star Friday revealed She was in a relationship with American fashion designer Ramona Agroma, which prompted her to pour out good wishes. But then the controversy erupted The Herald reported on Saturday That he called her Thursday, wanting to write the story.
The Herald gave Wilson two days to respond. After revealing her own story, columnist Andrew Hornery complained that the newspaper had been “overlooked” and said it was a “big mistake” to contact Wilson in advance.
In a note to readers on Monday, Herald editor Bevan Shields said the newspaper did not disclose Wilson, but “only asked questions, and as standard practice included a deadline for a response.” ABC presenter Raphael Epstein called it “disingenuous”.
The CEO of LGBTIQ + Health Australia, Nikki Bath, said there was a process that people went through to reveal their sexuality and it was a very personal and fragile time.
“It’s personal decisions,” she said. “Who do you reveal to first, how you do it, and when you do it.
“When people go out, the important issue is that they have made the decision to do it, that they have the right support around them to make an important part of their lives.
“Pressing you to get out is really unhelpful and will affect you [people’s] Psychological health.”
On Friday morning, Wilson posted on Instagram, with the hashtag #loveislove, that she thought she was “looking for a Disney Prince.”
“But maybe what I’ve really needed all this time is a Disney princess,” she wrote.
On Saturday, Hornery wrote that the newspaper emailed Wilson’s representatives Thursday morning, “giving her two days to comment on her new relationship with leisure apparel designer Ramona Agroma in Los Angeles.”
“Fatal mistake,” Hornery wrote. “Wilson chose to reflect on the story.”
He wrote that “anyone dating is their business,” but Wilson “happily fed such temporary interest when she had a big boyfriend on her arm.” Wilson wrote that it was unlikely that he had suffered from homophobia, and that “sexual orientation is no longer something to hide.”
On Sunday, Wilson said on Twitter that it was a “very difficult situation” she was trying to handle with honor.
Shields Books That the newspaper would have asked the same question had Wilson’s new partner been a man. Shields said he had not made a decision on whether or what to publish, but any decision would have been communicated through any response from Wilson.
“This was not a standard news story,” he wrote. “We wish Wilson and Agruma well.”
Bath said that while society might view “all is well as rain” for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, the truth is that “homophobia is still alive and well in Australia”.
“In 2022, to find ourselves in this position is really disappointing, when we know that LGBTIQ+ people have higher rates of mental health [issues]She said.
She said getting out should be an interesting time for people to talk about who they are, and the Herald has “disfigured” that Wilson process. She referred to the Australian Press Council Practice Standardswhich refers to the need for respect and approval in discussing a person’s sexual or gender identity.
Shields and Herald have been contacted for further comments.
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