Following backlash on social media over her “topless” performance during a Sky News Brexit debate, journalist Rachel Johnson and her colleagues revealed that she did not appear in her birthday suit in front of cameras after all.
I was wearing a boob tube.— Rachel Johnson (@RachelSJohnson) 14 февраля 2019 г.
As you were folks! https://t.co/6enExHe7Zn
I should clarify… in her defence (if one was even needed) unlike the activist we were referring to, @RachelSJohnson wasn’t completely starkers. She wore a boob tube.— Maajid — (Mājid) [maːʤɪd] ماجد (@MaajidNawaz) 15 февраля 2019 г.
The prominent journalist, who is also the younger sister to former head of the Foreign Office and top Brexiter Boris Johnson, re-enacted the “Naked Remainer”, Dr Victoria Bateman, who stripped to protest UK's EU divorce during Brexit debates on BBC Radio 4. Following the short introduction at the Sky’s Pledge, she took off her shirt for a few seconds, but she was wearing a strap underneath. However, as everything was pixelated from the bosom down, she just acted as if she had flashed her breasts. Many appeared to have bought the trick and rushed to share their outrage.
Netizens branded the show everything from “not classy” to “cheap”.
You know, I grew thinking that Europeans were significantly better educated and more intellectual than America’s. I’m starting to think I might have been incorrect. https://t.co/iwqtoEvB34— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) 15 февраля 2019 г.
If a working class Scottish woman got her Tits out on live tv she’s be sectioned under mental health act but Rachel Johnson 'exposes breasts' live on Sky News to aid Brexit discussion — Mirror Online https://t.co/KzGdfofmST— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) 15 февраля 2019 г.
Women are quite rightly working hard to ensure they are treated equally intellectually but Rachel Johnson cheapens the issue by baring her breasts. Really quite shameful.— Hugh Jarce (@kirked2010) 15 февраля 2019 г.
“Britain, are you ok?”— James Felton (@JimMFelton) 14 февраля 2019 г.
“FIGHT ME ABOUT CHURCHILL”
“Britain please seek help”
“GONNA GET MY BOOBS OUT ON SKY NEWS” https://t.co/cPPN61TAx5
Others pointed out that it all seems to be a new trend.
Tits out for Brexit is 2019’s dicks out for harambe, I want 2,000 words on my desk by Monday https://t.co/v1vrWLQ1Yo— Alan White (@aljwhite) 14 февраля 2019 г.
There were those who were not that impressed.
Oh, come on. It's not the first time we've seen Rachel Johnson't tits. pic.twitter.com/FhTaaqUH8w— Oonagh (@Okeating) 14 февраля 2019 г.
If Theresa May were to follow Rachel Johnson's lead, I think it might well bring Brexit to a deservedly shuddering end.https://t.co/zfZE122I4i— el laurence: #FBPE, #PeoplesVote (@ajhanlaurence) 15 февраля 2019 г.
Some seized the opportunity to slam anti-Brexiteers, Rachel Johnson belongs to.
I don't see any Brexiters getting naked…— Lisa (@Lisa_Botski_) 15 февраля 2019 г.
These people have lost the plot!https://t.co/uKObgrCV44
Rachel Johnson even explained in detail her daring stunt that had prompted a storm in media and on social networks.
Although Rachel Johnson admitted that she “would of course walk down Whitehall in my birthday suit to stop Brexit”, the performance was designed as a joke for the panel.
“Brexit may have driven the country mad, but not me, not quite yet. I had a boob tube on and though I had bare shoulders, I’d shown considerably less of the goods than Liz Hurley on a duvet day or Princess Diana arriving in a black plunging gown at the Serpentine. But never allow the facts to get in the way of a good tabloid story, eh!” she noted in the column for iNews.co.uk with a sarcastic reference to some media who rushed to report about her “striptease act”.