Panda Women Of The Year

December 30, 2011 by staff 

Panda Women Of The YearPanda Women Of The Year, BBC’s “Faces of the Year: The Women,” which features women who made headlines in 2011 and included congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Pippa Middleton is being slammed for choosing a panda named Sweetie as its “Miss December.”
The panda, also known as Tian Tian, is one of two giant pandas on loan from China to the Edinburgh zoo, and is the lone animal face in a list of what is supposed to be recognition of women in the media.

As Twitter users take to the Internet to discuss #pandagate online, more prominent critics have tore into the network, already under fire for “ignoring women’s achievements” in other areas, for making the women’s selections a joke while choosing 12 humans for the list’s male counterpart.

On the men’s list for “Faces of the Year,” the broadcaster chose such diverse but nonetheless prominent names as whistleblower Paul McMullan, actor Colin Firth and onetime GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Defendors of the BBC’s list point to the fact that quite a few of the male names are known better for their notoriety than for their good works or acheivements, and that the 2011 recaps in general are more about who’s in the news than what they’re in headlines for.

Freelance journalist Bob Chaudy, who wrote up the list, told The Guardian that although the unusual choices were not his decision (the selection was put together by BBC editors), the choices themselves are supposed to be offbeat and fun.

“When you do faces of the year, it’s not like Time [magazine],” he said. “They’ve picked slightly offbeat people. It’s not David Attenborough or Barack Obama.”

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