'Amazing' Sinéad Burke praised following 'intelligent' and 'articulate' Late Late interview

'Amazing' Sinéad Burke praised following 'intelligent' and 'articulate' Late Late interview

Sinéad Burke has been praised following an appearance on The Late Late Show.

The academic and influencer appeared on the show to discuss her new podcast, along with being on the cover of Vogue and her work as an activist.

Speaking about bullying, she highlighted how a young boy leapfrogged over her as his friend recorded it on the street in Dublin.

She said she took it as an opportunity to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else and she wanted to educate people, as "we just don't know what haven't been exposed to."

She explained that people need to be educated on "what it is we don't know".

Ms Burke said: "An example I give is that I'm in the aisle of a supermarket. And a child will see me.

"And the first thing they will do is point me out and say 'look, there's a little woman'.

"And in that instance the adult will ignore them, dismiss them, try to distract them, remove them from the place in which they are.

"Only because they're embarrassed.

"They're embarrassed that this has happened, and they feel that it's a negative impact on their parenting and how could it be so.

"Instead of actually realising that's a child's natural curiosity.

"And why don't they say to the child 'yeah, that is a little woman. Say hello'."

Ms Burke added: "I say this with the premise and with the framework and understanding that it's also not my job to educate the world that I should get to exist.

"But it's a balance of the two, and it's something I choose to do."

Ms Burke also spoke about her advocacy work, saying: "The statement I hear most is 'we haven't thought about this before?'

And that's because we have lived in a world that was designed for many people like you and perhaps people who are living at home, who have never had to think about how they jaunt through the world differently.

"And whether that's a public bathroom or that's reaching something on a supermarket shelf, or the ATM.

"The more we re-design our world and make our society safer for lots of people, the more people can just be themselves."

Ms Burke also discussed attending the Met Gala and being "one of the few physically disabled people to ever be invited."

The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser in New York for the Met organised by US magazine Vogue.

Ms Burke said she received an invitation after introducing herself to the magazine's editor, Anna Wintour.

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Last night was one of those moments that you dream of. Thank you so much, @alessandro_michele, Marco Bizzarri and all at @gucci for a night that I won’t ever forget. Attending the #MetGala as a little person (and the first one ever, at that), Anna Wintour, @voguemagazine and Gucci had such empathy and openness in thinking broadly about my accessibility needs. Prior to last night, I practised the stairs, and did an accessibility audit of the seating, bathrooms, elevators and corridors to figure out where and how we could ensure that I was as independent as possible on this very glamorous night. (Speaking of glamorous – my footstools have been decorated to seamlessly blend with the Met Gala furniture.) . . I wrote about my experience for @britishvogue. On my dress, “There have been very few moments in pop culture where a woman like me has had agency over her own aesthetic. We were careful that what I’m wearing was not a costume but a reflection of me as a person and a way in which I could communicate my advocacy to the world.” . . Thank you to @caitni and @tcs_daniel for everything. Thank so much to @vockandvintage for the breathtaking diamond earrings and diamond / sapphire ring. I’ve never felt more powerful. . . [Image description: Standing on the red carpet of the #MetGala - what a sentence - I have my hands on my hips, wearing the most extraordinary black velvet gown, with accented shoulders, blue silk bows across my chest and of course, a beautiful gold crown!]

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She said: "The whole symbol of the Met Gala is going up the 21 stairs of the Met.

"When I was invited, which was such a thrill and an honour, I then had to have a conversation about accessibility.

"And bring together Anna Wintour, Gucci, Vogue, and say how are we thinking about this space, that has almost existed for forever, for different types of people."

Speaking about her family, she said she had an "incredible" support system.

"I don't look like most people, and with that comes a real strength. It can be a challenge.

"But I was told when I was very young, I had no hand, act or part in choosing to live in this body, but how others choose to act towards me, either kindly or negatively, is a decision.

"And if they choose to go about their lives and try to make me feel small to make themselves feel big or to cause a joke, that says everything about them, and not me."

Social media users hailed her as being "inspirational and amazing".

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