Maybe I’m coming late to this particular topic but did the story about Theresa May’s tears disturb you as much as it did me?
The thought that anyone could command the sympathy of the public, simply by turning on the water works, is abhorrent to me.
So when I saw this tweet, it riled me:
Oh ffs. Seeing men who complained May showed no emotion now complaining about tears. In truth, as ever, they’re complaining about women not fitting THEIR view of what a woman should be.
— Stella Duffy (@stellduffy) May 24, 2019
To suggest that people are criticising her for behaving like a woman is disingenuous in the extreme – and frankly insulting to people of the female gender.
The point people were making was, well, here’s David Walliams:
Just like Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May only ever cried for herself.
— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) May 24, 2019
Paul Johnson merely expands on the theme:
As does Aaron Bastani:
May cried because she’s no longer PM.
Under her watch people cried while being unlawfully deported, losing their disability benefit and visting foodbanks.
Takes a cosseted existence to think her response is ‘moving’. Hopefully as years pass she’ll shed tear for right reasons.
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) May 24, 2019
Here’s a fuller explanation:
I know what you said but this has nothing to do with men and all about her own ego trip. The majority of people, both men and women have wanted her to show empathy and the only time she has is for herself.
— Very tall (@bearingwest) May 24, 2019
And let’s look at some of those other issues:
The lists go on and on:
Theresa May in tears as Tory MPs swarm around her
She had no tears for disabled children and adults UK
No tears immigrants when at Home Office
No tears growing inequality UK
No tears children going school hungry
No tears cuts school funding and NHS
No tears families member died
— michelle maher (@mmaher70) May 24, 2019
every family who has been sanctioned
every family who has had to use a food bank
every family who has had to send their kids to school without food or without the dinner money
every family that has to worry about a loved one in care
every family that has had a loved one deported
— Jane Gilbert (@msjanebond007) May 24, 2019
The maybot gets no sympathy from those of us with a heart as you have so well documented – as @Alston_UNSR noted “much of the glue that has held British society together since WW2 has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos.” Good riddance https://t.co/yDIIblV24f
— Danny Blanchflower (@D_Blanchflower) May 24, 2019
I don’t feel sorry. People of colour don’t feel sorry. LGBTQ people don’t feel sorry. Working class people don’t feel sorry. Europeans don’t feel sorry. Migrants don’t feel sorry. We don’t feel sorry. https://t.co/BIKkRN1Hg7
— Shahmir Sanni 🏳️🌈 (@shahmiruk) May 24, 2019
Someone else was far more creative with that image:
So the reason Mrs May received no sympathy has nothing to do with her behaviour as a woman. It’s actually much more simple:
She doesn’t deserve it.