In what may well be the most embarrassing moment in recent history, a conservative British activist was photographed carrying a 46-year old man like a small child.
I kid you not.
The situation is understandable once you see a picture of the middle-aged man she scooped up and cradled like a big toddler.
— Lady Mone (@MichelleMone) May 7, 2016
Michelle Mone is a British entrepreneur and a Tory supporter who was recently made a “peer” in the British government. (I’m not 100% clear on the duties, activities, and purpose of a peer – but they are politically active and selected based on party affiliation.)
Anyway, Mone was in Vietnam speaking to a group of entrepreneurs at a business conference when the man walked out on stage to hand her a bouquet of flowers. Believing that she had just been handed an excellent opportunity for a wonderful photo-op, Mone scooped the small man up and smiled for the cameras as the entire conference ERUPTED in laughter. On Twitter she wrote that it was a “Most embarrassing moment. Speaking in Vietnam to 3,000 people, thought this was a 6 year old, picked him up, he’s a MAN.“ Later Mone told the Mail on Sunday that, “The guy was fine with it and the whole room was screaming with laughter. I thought something was wrong – his teeth were bright yellow from nicotine.”
Needless to say, the moment was quite awkward, and now Mone is facing the full mocking fury of British tabloid magazines and media. However it may not be the media who Mone has to be most careful with. She’s already facing backlash from some for seeming to take the whole situation too lightly and not considering the feelings of the man she carried around like a child.
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