Another reporter was interrupted while on camera over the weekend. Megan Batchelor (she was a reporter at Global here in Winnipeg until earlier this year) was reporting live at Squamish Valley Music Festival in B.C. when a guy ran up to her, kissed her on the cheek and took a selfie. She has filed a complaint with the RCMP and is receiving quite the backlash. Batchelor says she is standing up in order to try to stop the wave of similar incidents against female reporters.
This has been one of many incidents over the past year where female Canadian journalists have been disrupted on air. You can remember the guy who got fired after yelling “f–k her right in the p—y.” into Toronto’s City News reporter Shauna Hunt’s microphone. She confronted the men who shouted the crude remarks into her microphone and they defended it as part of a popular trend of harassing female reporters on air. Another incident of this happened to CBC reporter Charlsie Agro during a live broadcast of the Pan Am Games closing ceremony. She also filed a police report in Toronto after a man shouted the same slogan. In Montebello, Quebec, CBC Ottawa reporter Ashley Burke was also verbally attacked with the same offensive remark.
But Batchelor is getting a big backlash, if you look at the tweets, it’s mostly from men saying it’s no big deal, while the women are saying being touched not okay. Don’t get me wrong there are men who are also standing up and saying it is not okay. But when did it become okay to touch someone in a way that they don’t want to be touched and then tell them to deal with it? If some random guy came up to your daughter at her work and kissed her on her cheek would it be okay?
Here’s some of the tweets that are aimed at her, I had to sort through a lot of tweets as they were very rude and inappropriate:
But, now people are coming to her defense:
If a stranger came up to you at your work and kissed you on the cheek, pretty sure it’s something you wouldn’t appreciate. As a female in the radio industry, I’ve had my fair share of guys come up to me and be very inappropriate, and I can tell you not one time was it welcome. What do you think about the whole situation?