Proponents of equality say that forcing someone to “go out” is not only “offensive” but can have “profound and lifelong” consequences after the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) was accused of pressuring Rebel Wilson to show that she is in a same-sex relationship.
Monday’s publication replaced Saturday’s story “Rebel Begins to Spread the News” with explanations and apologies amid allegations the newspaper sought to “expel” the Australian actor.
The episode also sparked outrage on social media: supporters criticized the media for enjoying people’s lives without providing the respect, dignity and privacy that people deserve.
In the original story, gossip columnist Andrew Horner wrote that he was “mistaken with caution” and within a week sent an email to Wilson’s representatives to give her two days to comment on her new relationship with Los Angeles-based designer Ramona Agrum before publishing the story.
Wilson did not respond and instead posted her “Disney Princess” on Instagram on Friday.
“I thought I was looking for a Disney prince … but maybe I really needed a Disney princess,” she said.
The report provoked Hornery to complain that the 42-year-old Wilson “painted” the story on Saturday.
“Of course, who she meets is their business, but Wilson was happy to have such a sincere interest when she had a difficult boyfriend,” he wrote.
Then on Monday Hornery replaced the original story with .
“I sincerely regret that Rebel had it hard. It was never my intention. But I can see that she has handled everything with extraordinary sophistication. As a gay man, I am well aware of how deeply discriminated against discrimination is. The last thing I ever- or I want to do it, it will hurt someone else, ”he said.
He added that “Vesnik” does not “come out” of people.
“This is not what we were going to do. But I understand why my letter was considered a threat. Its design was a mistake,” he added.
“The Herald and I will approach things differently to make sure we always take into account the extra layer of difficulties that people face when it comes to their sexuality.”
Meanwhile, Herald editor Bevan Shields in which he said the newspaper would have asked the same questions if Wilson’s new partner had been a man.
“To say that the Herald singled out Wilson is wrong,” he said.
“Wilson has decided to publicly reveal her new partner, who for several months has been a feature of her social media accounts,” he added.
In her first comments to the controversy, Wilson responded with words of thanks to her supporters on Sunday.
“It was a very difficult situation, but I tried to cope with it,” she wrote on Twitter.
Going on an “incredibly personal journey”
Defenders of equality say that no one has the right to “expel” someone.
“More than ever, we need to understand that this is a person’s right to privacy, and” no one or “any media” has the right to “release” someone, causing them great pain and conflict, “said Stephen Asnikar, General. director of Diversity Australia, told SBS News.
He said the LGBTQ + community viewed the media and organizations asking them to declare their sexuality “offensive.”
“In a recent series of global diversity and inclusion surveys, we’ve seen a significant decline in the number of people identifying themselves as LGBTQI +, now deidentifying so they don’t become a poster for organizations to tick to meet their WGEA. [Workplace Gender Equality Agency] goals that are clearly not in line with society’s expectations.
“Australian laws provide individuals with the right to privacy, and people need to take a stand when groups like SMH do what they do.”
Nicki Bath, CEO of LGBTIQ + Health Australia, said people should be responsible for how and when they come out.
“Camping is an incredibly personal journey that no one should ever force,” she told SBS News.
“The Press Council has clear guidelines for reporting on these issues and argues that references to a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and / or gender should be relevant to history and in the public interest.”
Ms. Bath said that even if someone agreed to disclose this information as part of telling their story, the trauma could still lead to family breakdown and loss of support networks.
“People need to be ready and come out on their own terms.
“The other side of it is the joy, celebration and pride that is felt when you go out,” she added.
In his The Australian Press Council argues that publications should “refrain from leaving a person without their consent if it is not in the public interest”.
“A person’s safety, health and well-being can be affected if they go outside without their consent. For example, people of different cultural or religious backgrounds may be at real risk of harm if they are published, especially online,” he added. .
Professor Paul Gerber of Monash University in Melbourne, who specializes in international human rights law, especially with regard to sexual minorities, also accused the Herald of “lack of understanding”.
“A visiting person can have a profound impact on their lives,” she said. “SMH’s assertion that“ we would have asked the same questions if Wilson’s new partner had been a man ”demonstrates the deep misunderstanding of discrimination and harassment that LGBTQ + people have faced historically and continue to face today.
“All people have the right to privacy, and this privacy includes when, when and how to disclose their sexual orientation,” she added.
LGBTQ + Australians seeking mental health support can contact QLife at 1800 184 527 or visit . there is also a list of support services.