Kathleen Wynne became Ontario’s first elected female Premier and its first elected openly gay premier Thursday.
After Wynne’s victory was announced, CBC journalist Robert Fisher said twice during a live broadcast that being a lesbian is a “lifestyle choice.”
The Twitter-verse promptly reminded him that being gay is not a choice.
Fisher issued a lengthy apology Friday morning on Metro Morning, explaining his comment wasn’t what he meant to say.
“What I meant to tell people was that she had chosen to make sure that she was out and that everybody knew she was out. She never hid this issue,” he said.
He went on to apologize and characterized the comment as a slip of the tongue during a very busy night.
“So many people were upset by what I said: I clearly do not believe that this was a lifestyle choice by her or any person,” he said. “It was not intended to do it, not intended to embarrass anybody, so my colleagues, our listeners, our viewers, for that I apologize and it was a slip of the tongue, in the midst of a very busy election, I misspoke and for that I apologize.”
Here’s what Twitter users had to say about Fisher’s original comment:
— Mark Candler (@MarkCandler) June 13, 2014
Watching ON election results on CBC, Robert Fisher referring to Premier Wynne being a lesbian “lifestyle choice.” Being gay is NOT a choice! — Patricia (@PatriciaMcC2) June 13, 2014
Apparently @RobertFisherCBC is a dinosaur who thinks it’s ok to use the phrase “lifestyle choice” in reference to someone being a lesbian.
— Gord Campbell (@CampbellGord) June 13, 2014
— Jolson Lim (@jolsonlim) June 13, 2014
— Joshua McKeown (@joshuanmckeown) June 13, 2014