Australian journalist Andrew Hornery has issued an apology to actress Rebel Wilson after being accused of trying to reveal her sexuality.
According to The Guardian, Hornery, a gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, reportedly messaged Wilson’s team last week, giving them two days to provide comment for a story about Wilson’s relationship with a woman, which was not yet public knowledge.
But Wilson beat Hornery at his own game and took her relationship with fashion designer Ramona Agruma public on Instagram last week before his story was published. We posted the story which has been trending on The Wow Report ever since.
I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess. #loveislove.”
Hornery then published a different column, this one complaining about her move. He had reached out to her representatives with
an abundance of caution and respect.
Hornery’s response to the alleged snub sparked backlash from readers and press around the world prompting the Herald to delete the column, but not to fire its author.
Hornery has since apologized in another column,
My email was never intended to be a threat.
Celebrities have huge influence in our culture. We still have to ask questions, sometimes very difficult ones. It would be much worse to write gossip items about the unscripted events in their lives without them having a chance to have their say. But we need to make it clear that a deadline is not an ultimatum.
It is not the Herald’s business to ‘out’ people and that is not what we set out to do. But I understand why my email has been seen as a threat.
The framing of it was a mistake.”
The tone of my column on Saturday was also off. I got it wrong. I allowed my disappointment to cast a shadow over the piece. That was not fair and I apologize…
The Herald and I will approach things differently from now on to make sure we always take into consideration the extra layer of complexities people face when it comes to their sexuality.
@katedoak writes on Twitter,
What’s worse, openly gay men at the Sydney Morning Herald were involved in this…”
If this is true, sadly, it DOES make it worse. I just checked –it’s 2022, and Pride month.
So apparently it wasn’t @RebelWilson‘s choice to come out… The @smh/@theage have admitted to giving her a heads up 2 days in advance that they were going to “out” her. What’s worse, openly gay men at the Sydney Morning Herald were involved in this. 🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/Zl80zg01SW— Kate Doak (@katedoak) June 11, 2022
(via The Hill)