Left Menu
Development News Edition

Mexico's first lady stirs Twitter storm with comment on kids with cancer

Mexican first lady Beatriz Gutierrez sparked an uproar on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter comment widely viewed as insensitive when she swatted away a question about what she was doing to help parents of children with cancer. Gutierrez published a celebratory post on the two-year anniversary of the election victory of her husband President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in July 2018.

Reuters | Updated: 02-07-2020 08:26 IST | Created: 02-07-2020 08:26 IST
Mexico's first lady stirs Twitter storm with comment on kids with cancer

Mexican first lady Beatriz Gutierrez sparked an uproar on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter comment widely viewed as insensitive when she swatted away a question about what she was doing to help parents of children with cancer.

Gutierrez published a celebratory post on the two-year anniversary of the election victory of her husband President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in July 2018. Responding to her post, Twitter user Jose David Guerra asked: "When will you personally attend to the parents of children with cancer? Thank you for your kind response."

Gutierrez responded, "I'm not a doctor, maybe you are. On you go, you help them," in a tweet that has since been deleted but was seen by Reuters and widely retweeted. She later posted an apology in which she appeared to blame Lopez Obrador's opponents for the huge media attention her comments drew.

"My husband's adversaries are very inquisitive!" she wrote on Twitter. "If my expression 'I'm not a doctor' offended anyone, I apologize... I just want to express that I am deeply human and I wish the best for everyone." The office of the president declined to comment on the row, which threatened to take some of the shine off Lopez Obrador's celebration of his landslide win's anniversary.

A shortage of medicines to treat cancer in children drew negative headlines for Lopez Obrador earlier this year as his government tried to overhaul the health system. Images of sick children and distraught parents criticizing the government from crowded hospital wards damaged his reputation and ate into his popularity.

Gutierrez has been a strong defender of her husband, and has come under fire frequently from critics on social media. The row sparked a trending hashtag #LaBrujaDelPalacio (The Witch of the Palace), referring to the National Palace, site of the president's offices and residence. Supporters of the first lady denounced the attacks, saying she deserved respect.

Lopez Obrador himself rarely shies away from conflict with adversaries. His critics and defenders have attacked each other vigorously on Twitter since he took office in December 2018.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Loopholes in Healthcare Information System may have failed Singapore COVID-19 model

In the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore was in the limelight for its effective healthcare system and pandemic response plan. However, Singapore has now joined the list of the worst-hit nations and the situation is even worse...

Videos

Latest News

SC reserves order on plea challenging NGT order quashing EC for Godrej apartments in Bengaluru

The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on a plea challenging an NGT order quashing the environmental clearance granted to a high-rise luxury project by Godrej Properties Limited and Wonder Projects Development Private Limited in Bengalu...

Capt Sathe survived air crash in 1990s, but returned to flying

Captain Deepak Sathe, pilot of the Air India Express flight who died along with 17 others after the plane crashed at Keralas Kozhikode airport, had survived an air crash in the early 1990s when he was in the Air Force and was hospitalised f...

Ceasefire offers opportunity for eastern Ukraine peace push, says president

Ukraine wants to build on a lull in fighting in the eastern Donbass region to push for a lasting peace settlement at a new round of four-way talks with Russia, France and Germany, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told Reuters.Dressed in a T-sh...

Woman filmed naked and unconscious in London hotel wins 5-year legal fight

Adds age and changes quotes By Amber MilneLONDON, Aug 8 Thomson Reuters Foundation - A woman who was filmed naked and unconscious by a man she did not know in a London hotel room won a five-year legal battle on Friday after he pleaded guilt...

Give Feedback