Studio 10's Sarah Harris Apologises On Air After Misgendering Elliot Page

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Category: Agenda Published: Thursday, 03 December 2020 15:48

'Studio 10' co-host Sarah Harris has issued an on-air apology for misgendering 'Juno' and 'Umbrella Academy' star Elliot Page.

Elliot came out as transgender in an Instagram post two days ago, also taking the opportunity to address statistics related to violence against transgender people.

"The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences," Elliot wrote in his post on Tuesday.

"You aren't being 'cancelled', you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks."

On Wednesday's episode of 'Studio 10', when reporting on Elliot's transition, Sarah muddled the correct pronoun to use in an awkward stumble once the story had finished.

"Good for her – good for them – good for he. . . Geez, that's confusing already," Sarah said.

Luckily, on the Thursday show, Sarah admitted her error and how it may have come across to some viewers.

"I need to apologise for my reaction that I had yesterday when you first announced the news about Elliot Page," Sarah said to Entertainment Reporter Angela Bishop.

"I completely stuffed up the pronouns, I got flustered, I tried to make a joke and move on. Looking back, that was pretty insensitive, it was a genuine mistake and I'm so sorry."

Sarah also mentioned that people told her she shouldn't apologise, but she felt the need to.

"I felt really lousy, and I would hate to have anyone feel that I was attacking them in that way. It was just a moment, and I'm really sorry about that. Genuinely sorry."

We're glad for your apology, Sarah. Hopefully your acknowledgement of this slip-up will be a message to 'Studio 10' viewers that all you need to do when you mistakenly misgender someone is to say sorry and be willing to learn!

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