Kevin O'Leary thinks "working for women" is "ridiculous"?
That might pose a problem for someone aspiring to be Prime Minister, considering O'Leary's seeking a job where over 50% of his potential bosses would be women.
But according to a 2011 video filmed in front of O'Leary's bathroom mirror, the current front runner in the race to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader expresses his frustration about working at a job where "the whole place is run by women" – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
O'Leary even confides a little secret to the camera about how he likes to get revenge.
During interviews with CBC News Network conducted by Skype, O'Leary says he doesn't wear pants – "I never do. I'm not kidding":
"The thing about the CBC, I gotta tell you guys, is the whole place is run by women. I'm working for women. I'm a token guy there. Think about it: Heather Hiscox, Amanda Lang, Kirstine Stewart, Julie Bristow – all these are women that I work for. It's ridiculous.
So you know how I get back at them? Today when I do that hit by Skype, I won't have any pants on. I never do. I'm not kidding."
Noticing a pattern?
One person who has is O'Leary's Dragon's Den co-star Arlene Dickinson, noting recently in Maclean's:
"Denigrating women has become something of a trend for Kevin."
O'Leary butted heads with Dickinson shortly after joining the Conservative leadership race in January, suggesting criticism from his female co-star shouldn't be taken seriously because she's a "very emotional" woman.
The celebrity millionaire has also been known to advise young entrepreneurs to dump their girlfriends if they complain about work-life balance because you can have "many girlfriends" when they're wealthy – not exactly endearing himself to conservative family values voters.
Then over the weekend, O'Leary shrugged off questions from reporters after video from a 2013 Dragon's Den episode resurfaced during the Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa.
The resurfaced video shows O'Leary ogling a model and requesting to touch her buttocks:
UPDATE: O'Leary's campaign responded to this story Wednesday, dismissing his statements about "working for women" as both a joke and as "slander," adding that it is "glaringly obvious that PressProgress, a notoriously anti-conservative blog, has no sense of humour."
They also noted O'Leary has long considered himself a "feminist":
@kevinolearytv :team re: video: 'It is glaringly obvious Press Progress, a notoriously anti-conservative blog, has no senses of humour.'— Stephanie Smyth (@stephaniesmyth) March 1, 2017
'It is truly a shame Press Progress wants to distract from the great work and strides women in business have made....— Stephanie Smyth (@stephaniesmyth) March 1, 2017
....and choose instead to twist facts to slander a person like Kevin O'Leary who has said repeatedly he is a feminist. '— Stephanie Smyth (@stephaniesmyth) March 1, 2017
Meanwhile, responding to the same PressProgress story, Conservative leadership candidate Lisa Raitt took the opportunity to remind O'Leary that "trousers are mandatory" in the House of Commons:
I hope he's seen the front bench of our Opposition in the House of Commons. Fortunately - we have a dress code and trousers are mandatory. https://t.co/B06kfVG5lk— Lisa Raitt (@lraitt) March 1, 2017
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Photo: Kevin O'Leary.