John Kerry tried to insult President Donald Trump, but also ended up drawing the ire of women on social media.
Kerry’s recent appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” drew applause from the studio audience when he described Trump by saying: “He really is the rare combination of an 8-year-old boy — I mean, he’s got the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl. It’s just who he is.”
That line disappointed many on Twitter, who felt that Kerry’s description of Trump belittled teenage girls.
Women on Twitter asked Kerry to apologize and stop using the inaccurate generalization. They also pointed to teenagers such as Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize winner, and Emma Gonzalez, the Parkland shooting survivor who has become a powerful anti-gun advocate, as examples to counter the notion of insecure teenage girls.
On Twitter, users began to use the hashtag #WhenIWasATeenageGirl to tell stories of what they accomplished during there youth.
Here are a few examples:
Yay! #WhenIWasATeenageGirl I gave a speech at my graduation to probably over 1000 people and a sermon at my church. I also found a job, applied for college, and figured out how to pay for college, all with zero assistance. And got straight A’s at @ucdavis https://t.co/0aB6NIFQ1E— Bronwyn Harris (@BronwynAnn) September 16, 2018
#WhenIWasATeenageGirl I had a son. My oldest son served 8 years in the @USArmy, did 3 tours in Iraq, is raising 3 daughters of his own, and will be starting law school soon. My younger son is an accomplished artist. #ScrewYouTrump https://t.co/YYOVBUkJOG— Patricia Martinez (@triciaonkiss) September 16, 2018
What do you think of Kerry’s comments? Have you used the #WhenIWasATeenageGirl hashtag? Tag up on Facebook and Twitter with your thoughts.