The Sydney Morning Herald of Australia has decided to apologize after a storm of outrage on social media that the newspaper pressured actress Rebel Wilson to reveal his relationship with a woman.
Ms. Wilson, a social columnist for Andrew Hornery, who until then had only been in contact with men, admitted an abomination in her newspaper approach in an attempt to reveal exclusively her relationship with designer Ramona Aguroma.
SMH, often considered Australia’s leading newspaper, gave the actress two days on Thursday to talk about the hitherto unknown relationship.
But Ms. Wilson, who was revealed in the ‘Pitch Perfect’ story, announced her relationship on Instagram on Friday, referring to a selfie with Ms. Acroma as her “Disney Princess”.
“Big mistake. Wilson posted on Instagram Friday morning about his new + Disney princess + and chose to torpedo the article,” Mr. W. said in his weekly column on Saturday. Hornary has expressed a desire to release this scoop.
This article caused a great deal of controversy on social media. Several LGBT activists and other Internet users accused the newspaper of forcing Ms Wilson to come out.
The Herald initially denied any pressure on Ms Wilson, whose editor, Bevan Shields, promised that the journalist “only asked questions” and that he would have asked if Wilson’s new partner had been a man.
Ms. Wilson responded Sunday to a journalist who became angry on Twitter over SMH’s condition.
“It’s a very difficult situation, but I tried to handle it beautifully,” the actress tweeted.
On Monday, the Sydney Morning Herald removed the article from its website and published an apology to the actress by Mr Hornary. The journalist promises to “never intimidate her” in revealing her sexuality.
The author says, “I sincerely regret that the Rebel found this difficult. It was never my intention.” He admits the newspaper “mismanaged the steps in our process”.
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