The internet quickly set him straight.
Breaking news: Some Muslim women shop at Victoria’s Secret.
Not exactly the most earth-shattering thing you’ve ever heard, is it? But Canadian journalist Michael Kane clearly thought it was – and took to social media to share his fascinating finding with the world.
Standing outside the lingerie and beauty store at a shopping mall in Toronto, he tweeted: “I’m just a reporter: saw two modestly-dressed women with religious headgear come out of Victoria’s Secret store in the Eaton Centre.”
Twitter users were quick to poke fun at the tweet, with many noting the “sighting” was not in fact news.
— Bint Abu Banned 🍁 (@itsmenanice) August 7, 2017
You seem confused. Muslim women wearing underwear of any kind IS NOT NEWS, is not making anyone uneasy. Your creepy as observations are.
— Cheryl (@WryAndGinger) August 6, 2017
Who knew muslim women wore underwear??? Truly and utterly FASCINATING. https://t.co/vCZLXWhWrf
— ⵉⵎⴰⵏ ⴱⴰⴽⵉⵯⵉ (@tinifsan) August 6, 2017
Then mocking versions of the phrase “I’m just a reporter” began doing the rounds.
I’m just a reporter: saw a modestly-dressed pup with religious headwear coming out of the Victoria’s Secret with some shopping bags! pic.twitter.com/oc9EYhUUw9
— mini (@miniestmini) August 6, 2017
I’m just a reporter: just saw two White women in uggs leaving the spice aisle of the grocery store.
— Ju-Hyun Park (@Hermit_Hwarang) August 6, 2017
I’m just a reporter: Saw an older white man judgmentally creep-staring at Victoria’s Secret shoppers at the mall
— pcrews (@gleebix) August 6, 2017
I’m just a reporter: saw a vegan in the meat section of the supermarket
— Woodayyy (@Voodlouse) August 13, 2017
Kane eventually attempted to explain himself, according to the Observer, tweeting: “Whoa whoa whoa everybody. #Diversity is to be celebrated. That was the thought behind my tweet. All else is ended.”
He continued: “It’s all normal. It’s all good. There’s no judgement, people. It’s just an observation. That’s what being a reporter is.”
However, it was too little too late, and Kane has since deleted his Twitter account.
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