They mansplained him during his coverage in Ukraine: his response went viral


Last night the world stopped being the same when Vladimir Putin ordered to attack Ukraine in the face of the security threats that Russia was facing, assuring that “I had no other option”, a situation that put at risk not only the Ukrainians but also all the war correspondents who are covering the conflict.

Among the correspondents is the renowned journalist Elisabetta Piquéwho is an expert in this type of situation because her career has stood out for being a war correspondent.

The historical correspondent of the newspaper La Nación was live from Kiev, when the bombing alert sirens began to sound, so Diego Lajeone of his colleagues who was from the LN+ news studio, began to give Piqué instructions on what he had to do to protect himself.

“Take shelter. Do you have a parking lot in the hotel zone? Stay away from the windows, that’s the most important thing to do, Beta.”

Faced with the repeated explanation, the war correspondent said goodbye without realizing that her camera was still broadcasting live, which revealed her unexpected reaction in which she suddenly exclaimed: “Who is this asshole?”

Before the outburst, which was clearly heard in the LN+ studio, the host of the morning segment, Fernando Carnota, took the floor and asked the journalist to “calm down”, however, Piqué had already finished his transmission.

His reaction went viral on social networks, as most users criticized Laje accusing him of mansplaining, for wanting to give “instructions” to the experienced correspondent and author of the book “War Diary: Notes from a Correspondent (Afghanistan 2001-Iraq 2003)”.

Who is Elisabetta Pique?

Born in Florence, Italy, she grew up in Argentina. She has a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Universidad Católica Argentina.

Elizabeth Piquecorrespondent of daily The nation from Buenos Aires in Italy and the Vatican since 1999, was the only journalist who anticipated the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope.

It is also war correspondent and covered, among other conflicts, the Middle East and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. From that experience he wrote his first book in 2003: War diary, notes from a correspondent at the front.

With a scholarship from the World Press Institute in the United States, she received the Santa Clara de Asís Award for journalism in 2003 and the Mariano Moreno Award from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in 2013 for best journalistic coverage of the resignation of Benedict XVI.

He is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Journalism of Argentina. He made several trips with John Paul II and Benedict XVIin addition to accompanying Francisco on his first international trip to Brazil.

She has followed and closely follows the Pontiff’s career since he was created a cardinal in 2001. She was part of the group of fifty journalists who had the privilege of greeting the Pope in his first audience with the world press on March 16, 2013. She is also a collaborator of CNN in Spanish and Deutsche Welle.

What is mansplaining?

Mansplainig, which is made up of the words man (man) and explaining (explain), It is when the man interrupts the woman to explain something to her because he considers that she does not know, even if she is an expert on the subject.

American writer Rebecca Solnit attributes the phenomenon to a combination of “overconfidence and ignorance” that some men display. Its origin is difficult to establish because it appeared simultaneously in several places.

In the book titled Men Explain Things to Me (Men explain things to me)Solnit tells an anecdote about a man at a party who approached her saying he knew she had written some books, she responded by talking about her most recent book on Eadweard Muybridge whereupon he interrupted her and asked “if I had heard of the book about Muybridge”, noting that “It was the most important that had come out that year,” without even knowing that she was the author.

Finally, the term became so popular and took on such relevance that it was selected in the Word List of the Year 2010 from the New York Times and nominated Most Creative Term in the World in 2012 by the American Dialect Society.

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It was also added to the online version of the Oxford Dictionaries in 2014, also giving rise to the construction of other words such as whitesplaining and rightsplaining.



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