Jacinda Ardern: 'creepy' interview with pregnant New Zealand PM sparks outrage

60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley interviewed Jacinda Ardern and her husband Clarke Gayford

60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley interviewed Jacinda Ardern and her husband Clarke Gayford

The interview was a profile of Ardern, who at 37 became New Zealand's youngest Prime Minister in over a century in October 2017.

In the segment's concluding minutes, Wooley managed to ask a random man whether Ardern can handle pregnancy and the prime ministership.

"I've met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none too young and not so many so smart, and never one so attractive", Wooley said on 60 Minutes.

"It's one I think put under the heading of too much information", she said.

Luckily, the Twitterverse appeared to have more sense than Wooley, and recognised that this line of questioning was inappropriate not only towards a woman, but a political leader full stop.

Some viewers were incensed when Wooley questioned the Prime Minister on her pregnancy which will make her the first elected female western leader to have a child in office.

After Arden responded June 17, Wooley then awkwardly followed with: "it's interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception date".

Asking what he called a "really important political question", the 70-year-old said: "What exactly is the date that the baby's due?"

"Having produced six children it doesn't amaze me that people can have children", he said.

Ardern told reporters on Monday she "wasn't fazed" by the interview, even if the question about the conception date took her aback.

"[The portfolio] is an acknowledgement of the emphasis this government places on our long held anti-nuclear stance, and the role we must play now and in the future", Ms Ardern said.

Wooley was also slammed as "a creepy sexist fossilised fool from 1950s Australia" on social media and one user commented "what a sexist and pathetic and distinctly uncomfortable piece of "journalism".

The interview, according to the New York Times, shows Ardern repeatedly answering questions about her personal life that have little bearing on her administration's policies.

He admitted his wife had accused him of "gushing" but said: "If you say somebody is attractive, my thesaurus defines it as 50 choices from good looking to gorgeous to likeable, there is so many different meanings".

Maybe she had lost all sensitivity, Ms Ardern joked.

Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on 60 minutes.

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