It goes without saying that no person should ever be fearful of sexual harassment while simply trying to do their job.
Canadian local broadcast journalist Krista Sharpe has shared a video of her experience being ‘videobombed’ during a live segment, leading to a flurry of support from thousands.
The video features Krista speaking live on air for local network CTV Kitchener, when a passing car deems it appropriate to interrupt her by yelling an obscenity.
It’s sadly ironic that the obscene quote featured in the video originates from a meme that circulated the internet back in 2014, where a female reporter was ‘videobombed’ in a similar fashion.
What seems to have struck a chord with viewers is visibly affected Krista is by the intrusion, leaving her powerless and embarrassed as the car responsible speeds past her.
She shared the video with an incredibly honest tweet, concluding that “this still happens to female reporters everywhere and it needs to stop”.
The reporter is clearly fed up with being placed in this ultimately avoidable position.
Many of the video’s 3 million viewers have come out in support of Krista speaking about how commonplace this is, labelling the behaviour as ‘disgusting’.
A number of local broadcasters across Canada and the US have also shown solidarity, drawing from their own experiences with on air sexual harassment.
Waterloo Police Chief Bryan Larkin pledged to do so after imploring people to supply more information on the “unacceptable, vulgar & offensive” actions of those responsible.