Bianca Andreescu's rally at Celebration Square on September 15 brought the city together to congratulate and celebrate a historic win for the 19-year-old and for Canada. With election time on the horizon, guests including the Prime Minister made an appearance to cheer on Canada's newest hero, but it seems even amid the celebration he's getting some heat. These Justin Trudeau-Bianca Andreescu photos have certainly got a lot of people talking.
In what was surely a pretty emotional moment for Andreescu, the rally saw her receive a key to the City of Mississauga and finally get that street named after her, too. She also took the congratulations of politicians including Trudeau and Mississauga's Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
Now, though, Trudeau is getting backlash online after a tweet did the rounds showing pictures of the PM which some people say show him a little too close to the tennis star.
Conservative MP Linda Frum shared the tweet on Monday afternoon alongside the accompanying message: "Ladies of Twitter tell me, is it the invasion of personal space or the seeking of unwanted intimate eye contact that most bothers you about these photos? #MeToo"
And plenty of people on Twitter — at least in the replies from the Conservative politician's followers — seem to agree with Frum.
@LindaFrum It is cringe-worthy. He is not respecting her personal space and she looks uncomfortable when he is tryi… https://t.co/jnlrDYyzdQ— Innovative by nature (@Innovative by nature) 1568655490.0
@LindaFrum All the above. Let's also add abuse of power and authority. She may be of legal age but she is only 19… https://t.co/OgmdIaI7bN— Italianone (@Italianone) 1568656442.0
@LindaFrum Yup he is the creepiest politician in Canadian history. 🤮— Alberta (@Alberta) 1568656620.0
@LindaFrum @ezralevant He's clearly flirting. That's my problem with it.— Sara (@Sara) 1568657170.0
@LindaFrum Yup. It’s always bothered me with him but here, in particular. She’s 19. And he’s the PM. Reminds me of creepy Joe Biden.— Jacqui Budden (@Jacqui Budden) 1568654670.0
The reference to USA presidential candidate Joe Biden is a reflection of the criticism Biden has faced when it comes to his approach. According to an article by Vox, a former Nevada state legislator, Lucy Flores, had written a personal essay about her experience with Biden at a 2014 campaign event. Flores says he "came up behind her, touched her shoulders, and kissed the back of her head," and that while the behaviour wasn’t criminal, it did make her feel uncomfortable.*
Trudeau has also faced allegations in the past and has responded to those claims. "It's an issue that I have been deeply engaged with, not just as a leader but all my life since my early 20s in university ... active on issues around sexual assault and behaviours," Trudeau told reporters in July of last year after being accused of inappropriate contact in an incident dating back to 2000, according to CBC.
Trudeau was accused of "groping" and "inappropriately handling" a young female reporter at a charity event nearly two decades ago.
"I've been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident almost 20 years ago and again, I am ... I feel I am confident that I did not act inappropriately," he responded last year.
Trudeau is far from the only politician whose demeanour has got people talking, of course. Plenty of people seemed perturbed by Conservative leader Andrew Sheer at last week's leaders' debate, arguing his relentless stare was a tad unsettling.
Last year, Trudeau added: "Part of this awakening we're having as a society, a long-awaited realization, is that it's not just one side of the story that matters. That the same interactions can be experienced very differently from one person to the next."
And, speaking of different sides of the story, not everyone on Twitter subscribed to Frum's interpretation of Trudeau's interaction with Andreescu.
@LindaFrum I am not surprised that the ladies you know on twitter would think it is an invasion of " personal " spa… https://t.co/j36wdgZUAx— GrumpyGrannie (@GrumpyGrannie) 1568656939.0
@LindaFrum The best one to ask would be Bianca herself. Imo it is her personal space. I am 100% CPC, but I don’t th… https://t.co/8QfC56h9lb— Just_My_Opinion (@Just_My_Opinion) 1568654451.0
@LindaFrum 1. I've a feeling that the Ladies of Twitter will ask you: "When did it become YOUR business to decide f… https://t.co/HlBQhSpuI1— Douglas Connors - Make Online More Human (he/him) (@Douglas Connors - Make Online More Human (he/him)) 1568657242.0
@LindaFrum Are you really trying to make this into a Me too moment. My God you are getting desperate. You need to step down.— Meaghan Bilodeau (@Meaghan Bilodeau) 1568657232.0
@LindaFrum Thanks, Linda. My resulting facial expression to your nauseating comment just made my brow furrow winkle… https://t.co/LHixRlCeMO— Jessica (@Jessica) 1568659285.0
@LindaFrum Why don’t you ask her before getting on here and making accusations!— maureen g.🇨🇦🍃🌸🍃🇬🇧 (@maureen g.🇨🇦🍃🌸🍃🇬🇧) 1568660201.0
This isn't the first time concerns about reactions to the teenage Andreescu have been raised. Google searches for the 19-year-old have also thrown up a variety of topics.
For instance, Google searches for "hot" photos of Andreescu have skyrocketed by 5,337 percent since June. "Bianca Andreescu boyfriend" and "Is Bianca Andreescu single" are also among the top searches involving the tennis star.
Whichever side of the debate you're on, it illustrates that one thing is for sure.
With a federal election just a month away, every issue becomes a political issue — even a teenage sports star's moment of celebration.
*This article has been updated.