A pop star is about to get an abortion, and now she is being interviewed. she says the following sentence :

I am very excited about this opportunity to put a face on this important issue.

What's the meaning of "to put a face on"?

  • Is this that Bojack Horseman episode again? Nov 25, 2021 at 17:44
  • I think it's sloppy phrasing. But what I think she means is some people don't really know much about abortion, and she wants her face to be the one they associate with this delicate subject. Making it a "personal" issue centred around people like her, rather than just something sociologists and academics discuss. Personally, I'd ignore the connection to the subject of abortion, and understand anything she says as That's enough about that! Now let's talk about something really interesting! Me! Nov 25, 2021 at 18:03
  • This is not a common phrase -- it's bad writing. Nov 29, 2021 at 20:31
  • To put on a brave, etc. face on something, to put a face to some situation with a person. The pop star cannot be expected to speak well, right?
    – Lambie
    Apr 26, 2022 at 18:24

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Merriam Webster has this definition:

put a human face on
: to make (something) more appealing, easier to understand, or easier to care about by connecting it to an actual person

"The author puts a human face on the disease by interviewing people who have it."

The meaning is the same as "put a face on". In the case of this Bojack Horseman episode, the pop star couldn't say "put a human face on" because she is a bottlenose dolphin.

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