Meaning of whataboutism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌwɒtəˈbaʊtɪz(ə)m/


mass nounBritish
  • The technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue.

    Also called whataboutery

    • ‘the parliamentary hearing appeared to be an exercise in whataboutism’


1970s from the way in which counter-accusations may take the form of questions introduced by ‘What about —?’.