Rebel Wilson: Sydney Morning Herald removes column and apologizes for reporting the actor’s new relationship | Rebel Wilson

The Sydney Morning Herald has removed a column about Australian actor Rebel Wilson’s new relationship, and columnist Andrew Hornery has apologized, admitting he made mistakes in his approach to the report.

After he complained on Saturday that Wilson was “staring” by Wilson revealing that Ramona Agroma was her new partner, Hornery wrote a new column on Monday apologizing for his reaction and saying he would take a different approach in the future. The Sabbath column was removed and replaced with the new one.

The Herald made mistakes about Rebel Wilson, and you will learn from them. The Saturday piece was pulled out and Andrew Hornery goes into detail here what we didn’t get right https://t.co/jrnBpbJ4ne

– BevanShields June 13, 2022

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The Herald made mistakes about Rebel Wilson, and you will learn from them. The Saturday piece was pulled out and Andrew Hornery goes into detail here what we didn’t get right https://t.co/jrnBpbJ4ne

– BevanShields June 13, 2022

He wrote an email giving Wilson two days to respond to his plans to write about the relationship, it wasn’t intended to be a threat, he wrote, but he can now see why he considers it one.

Monday’s apology column came in the wake of a public backlash towards SMH for its approach to the story.

The Hollywood star revealed, on Friday, that she was in a relationship with American fashion designer Agruma, which led to an outpouring of best wishes. But the controversy erupted after the Herald reported on Saturday that it had called her on Thursday wanting to write the story.

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”.

“Oh we’re just asking questions..”

What exactly do you think she would have thought when she asked the questions?

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Low rent behavior

How would these journalists and editors feel if these questions were asked about their private lives? pic.twitter.com/9MivpB1E1L

– Raf Epstein (@Raf_Epstein) June 12 2022

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“Oh we’re just asking questions..”

What exactly do you think she would have thought when she asked the questions?

cheater

Low rent behavior

How would these journalists and editors feel if these questions were asked about their private lives? pic.twitter.com/9MivpB1E1L

– Raf Epstein (@Raf_Epstein) June 12 2022

Nikki Bath, chief executive of LGBTIQ + Health Australia, said Wilson was placed in a “horrific situation” when contacted by the Herald about her new relationship.

Bath said there was a process 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.

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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.

Read news about Tweet embed And her outrageous dealings with an Australian newspaper reminds me exactly of the situation with Steo and Sun in the UK. How could this be possible today? Rebel I hope you are doing well and have the strength and love to rise. X

– Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) June 11, 2022

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Read news about Tweet embed And her outrageous dealings with an Australian newspaper reminds me exactly of the situation with Steo and Sun in the UK. How could this be possible today? Rebel I hope you are doing well and have the strength and love to rise. X

– Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) June 11, 2022

In his new column on Monday, Hornery writes that as a gay man, he was aware of the pain of discrimination, and that he regrets that “the rebel found this difficult.”

He thought Wilson would be happy to discuss her new love, but “we mishandled the steps in our approach,” he wrote.

When he emailed Wilson’s representatives last week, he said he had “enough details to get the story out”.

“However, for the sake of transparency and fairness, prior to publication, I am reaching out to Rebel to see if she will engage in what I believe is a happy and unexpected news story for her, particularly given the recent Pride celebrations,” he wrote. “My deadline is on Friday, 1pm Sydney time.”

Hornery wrote on Monday that this framing was a mistake. “The Herald and I will approach things differently from now on to make sure we always take into account the extra layer of complications people face when it comes to their sexuality.”

He also admitted that the tone of his Saturday column was “off.”

“I got it wrong,” he said.

Thanks for your comments, it was a very difficult situation but I try to handle it gently 💗

– RebelWilson June 12 2022

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Thanks for your comments, it was a very difficult situation but I try to handle it gently 💗

– RebelWilson June 12 2022

Shields wrote 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 may consider “all is well as rain” for LGBTQ+ people, the truth is that “homophobia is 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 cited the Australian Press Council’s Standards of Practice, which refers to the need for respect and approval in discussing a person’s sexual or gender identity.

Bevan
Your paper has no right to know anything about anyone’s private life
I do not pretend to speak on behalf of Rebel Wilson
But for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, the consequences of what is nothing more than a hissing fit about who can print gossip can have devastating effects https://t.co/mzrpHTsoU5

– Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) June 13, 2022

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Bevan
Your paper has no right to know anything about anyone’s private life
I do not pretend to speak on behalf of Rebel Wilson
But for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, the consequences of what is nothing more than a hissing fit about who can print gossip can have devastating effects https://t.co/mzrpHTsoU5

– Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) June 13, 2022

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