As warm as many reasonable people felt today when the notion of educating women was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize, some of the reaction is enough to make you throw up your hands. Or just throw up.
The BBC gave us one such moment today when it talked to Tariq Khattack, editor of the Pakistan Observer newspaper.
“She is a normal, useless type of a girl,” he said. “Nothing in her is special at all.”
A normal…useless…type of girl?
The BBC host was incredulous, but then Khattack apologized for his English. He shouldn’t have stopped there.
It is, the BBC said, somewhat typical of the reaction to today’s announcement.
— muhammadmobi (@MuhammadMobi) October 10, 2014
When Malala went to UK, she wrote her book, "I'm Malala" which is no doubt anti-Pakistan & she has zero respect for that from me
— Maan Imran Khan (@MaanImranKhan) October 10, 2014