I was shocked and disgusted to see one of Wijeya’s flagship publications post an article on the 17th of January in their online edition.
Lankadeepa covered an event in Sigiriya, in which the headline and 50% of the pictures (4 out of 8) focused on the English compere’s tattooed back. She was wearing a saree jacket that was ‘slightly’ more open than a conventional / cultural saree jacket.
The headline states ‘Nivedikavo Sigiriyata Galapena Andum Andithi’, which literally means ‘The compere wore an attire that suits Sigiriya’. It’s sarcastic. It’s Sexist. It’s a LOW BLOW.
They’ve also managed to proudly stamp their watermark on all the pictures.
Since when was this newsworthy?
In my opinion, I think she has a hot back, an elegant saree and a funky tattoo. All three complement each other very well.
Media publicity of this nature encourages extremism, sexism and racism. Honestly, I think even gossip lanka has a teenie weenie bit more class than this.
This may have been an extremist thought of the journalist that covered the event, but Wijeya being a national news provider cannot afford to make mistakes of this nature. Clearly, there are no proper systems & processes in place for checks.
This is not the first time Wijeya’s online news carried this degree of disappointment. Among other incidents, a few months ago, daily mirror’s twitter page posted the following tweet that attracted attention in the Lankan twittersphere. People felt that there was no reason to mention the word ‘muslim’ in that tweet.
I sincerely hope these idiots get their act together.