Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Sexism Still Alive and Well

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Sexism Still Alive and Well

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Editorial Exchange: Sexism still alive and well

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An editorial from the Prince George Citizen, published Jan. 15:

"What's it like to be a MILF?"

JetFM radio jockey Justin "Drex" Wilcomes was fired on Thursday for ambushing Premier Christy Clark with that question during a live radio interview on Dec. 19 (Vancouver rock station CFOX hired him for evening and overnight chores last Friday).

For those unfamiliar with the crass term, it comes from the 1999 coming-of-age comedy film American Pie and it means a mother that you'd like to have intimate relations with.

In a statement released Thursday, the Courtenay radio station said, "we treat employee matters as private and will not comment further, other than to say that this was an internal decision."

Wilcomes had no comment Thursday when reached by the Citizen's affiliate newspaper, the Victoria Times Colonist.

But he told News 1130 radio in Vancouver that he "did what was expected of me" as a radio station host and said the station overreacted.

"I work at a rock station," News 1130 quoted him as saying in its online story.

"We do entertainment and comedy interspersed with things in our community. I don't think it was a bad thing. I think, more the media attention is what they were angry about."

Clearly Wilcomes doesn't believe his comment crossed the line of good taste sufficiently to warrant being fired - and some would agree with him.

After all, Clark laughed off the comment and even shot back a remark about preferring to be considered a MILF than a cougar - slang for an older woman who actively pursues younger men.

Clark is a professional politician and former radio host herself, who is used to thinking on her feet. She handled the awkward situation with aplomb.

But she shouldn't have to.

After more than 100 years of the women's rights movement in Canada, it's clear that sexism still can rear its ugly head. …

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