News of Prime Minister Chris Hipkins’ answer, or non-answer, to the question ‘What is a woman?’ has gone viral.
Hipkins was asked the question at a press conference yesterday. His response raised eyebrows with some questioning whether he has the ability to lead a country, while others felt he was stuck between a rock and hard place – knowing the answer, but unable to say it due to woke political correctness.
‘The…. biology, sex, gender, umm…. people define themselves. People define their own genders…’ said Hipkins.
‘in terms of gender identity, I think people define their gender identity for themselves.’
Hipkins insisted that he was not prepared for such a question, which he said was ‘out of leftfield’, giving him no time to ‘pre-formulate’ an answer.
What is a woman?
New Zealand's Prime minister Chris Hipkins can't answer that. pic.twitter.com/WSzF589vpI
— The Golden Age is coming (@PatriotNz2022) April 3, 2023
Celebrities, politicians, influencers and netizens alike around the world were quick to lambast the leader for his failure to provide what they considered to be the obvious answer.
A ‘woman’ is an adult human female.
Member of the European Parliament Christine Anderson called Hipkins a ‘stammering idiot’, for failing to answer a question any ‘3 year old would have mastered.’
Piers Morgan tweeted, ‘Breaking, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister doesn’t know what a woman is, despite replacing one as Prime Minister.’
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted, ‘In the interests of balance, someone should now ask women how they define Chris Hipkins.’
Matt Walsh, producer and director of the popular documentary ‘What is a Woman?’ retweeted Morgan’s message to his 1.5 million followers adding, ‘I made the movie and I still laugh at every example of someone getting stumped by the question. Never gets old.’
DTNZ syndicated columnist Ian Miles Cheong told his half million followers that New Zealand’s Prime Minister was ‘unable to define what a woman is.’
Investigative journalist Ian Wishart noted the NZ legacy media’s silence as the story went viral around the world. ‘More deafening silence from @rnz_news, @1NewsNZ, @NZStuff, @NZMorningReport, @NewshubNZ as NZ prime minister @chrishipkins is mercilessly mocked around the world for not being able to define a woman. #hopeless.’
Video of Hipkins was seen by nearly 2 million people alone in one feed, women’s sports campaigner Ro Edge’s Twitter noted, leading her to also question why the legacy media was silent on such a viral story that was affecting New Zealand’s image overseas.
This video has had 2M impressions, yet silence from NZ's MSM on our PM @chrishipkins being unable to define what a woman is.
Because if he doesn't know, how can he protect our hard fought for rights? https://t.co/rmDcicO1ry
— Ro Edge (@rosey_nz) April 3, 2023
The Hipkins gaffe is fresh embarrassment for New Zealand, and comes a week after the visit of Women’s Rights campaigner Posie Parker was cut short following violent scenes at her #LetWomenSpeak event in Albert Park Auckland. Parker was assaulted with a can of tomato soup by a trans rights supporter, and had to be taken to a police car under security protection as a raging mob of protesters tried to get close to her. In response to the ugly scenes, the hashtags #boycottNZ and #boycottNewZealand trended globally on Twitter for a short time.
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) April 3, 2023
Any PM who needs a "pre-formulated" answer to be able to define "woman", has no business running a country!@chrishipkins: You know perfectly well how to define "woman", but chose not to!
It's called cognitive dissonance: Instead of just stating the obvious, you allow yourself… https://t.co/bVLaHHO5Sv
— Christine Anderson (@AndersonAfDMdEP) April 3, 2023
BREAKING: New Zealand’s new Prime Minister doesn’t know what a woman is, despite replacing one as Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/3Gj39RhXDX
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 3, 2023
In the interests of balance, someone should now ask women how they define Chris Hipkins. https://t.co/9tlDywXtM2
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 3, 2023
BREAKING: NZ Prime Minister unable to define what a woman is https://t.co/1kDal1Pq5U
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 3, 2023