This post was edited by qm123 at 2011-12-29 10:24|
THE BBC has caused controversy by including a panda among the 12 females on its "Faces of 2011" list.
Giant panda Sweetie, also known as Tian Tian, was listed on the BBC’s website as the female face of December, after she made headlines when she was moved to Edinburgh Zoo from China with a male panda to breed.
She joined 11 other notable names including shot US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Pauline Pearce – dubbed the heroine of Hackney after she was filmed standing up to rioters in north London – and Libyan Iman al-Obeidi, who burst into a press conference to reveal she had been gang-raped by Colonel Gaddafi’s officials.
Also featured was chart-topping singer Adele.
But the BBC has defended its decision to name Sweetie among the 12 women in its Faces of 2011 as "a light-hearted addition" to the list.
The furore comes after the BBC came under fire last month after its shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award did not include any women.
MPs accused the BBC of "ignoring women's achievements" in 2011 by choosing an all-male shortlist.
A group of female MPs wrote to director general Mark Thompson, saying: "This bias has led to a number of outstanding sporting achievements by women being entirely disregarded."
In response to the inclusion of Sweetie on the list, Labour MP Stella Creasy said: 'Whilst we all love a good panda story, in a year when Christine Lagarde became head of the IMF, or Helle Thorning-Schmidt became Prime Minister of Denmark or even the sad death of Amy Winehouse, it's frustrating the BBC couldn't think of 12 human female faces who have made the news this year."