The world of journalism, especially sports journalist is dominated by men. With glamour, there is also a professional hazard. Women journalists very often face the embarrassing situation at working place. There are seven incidents when women journalist faces sexism.
Chris Gayle flirts with Channel 10 journalist Mel McLaughlin
Channel 10 sports journalist Mel Laughlin has received unwanted advances during a sideline interview with The West indies batsman Chris Gayle, who is playing for Melbourne Renegades, at last, night’s Big Bash League. Gayle commented on McLaughlin’s “beautiful eyes” and said they should go out for a drink after this interview.
Noticing McLaughlin was taken aback, Gayle followed with a reproach, “Don’t blush, baby.” The highly publicized incident has sparked dissent within the sporting community, and Melbourne Renegades imposed $10,000 fine. And Gayle now faces sanctions from Cricket Australia as well.
Gayle on Tuesday apologized for his comments to the Channel 10 reporter during a press conference, describing his comment as a joke. This is not the first time McLaughlin has faced commentary on her looks, let alone on the air.
An Australian cabinet minister called Samantha Maiden a “witch”
News corporation’s Sunday paper political editor Samantha Maiden was sent a message by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton calling her “mad f**king witch.”
The sledge was the result of Maiden’s Sunday edition released an image of the public servant involved in the Jamie Brigg’s bar incident, a woman whose identity the ministry has tried hard to keep confidential. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned both the Immigration Minister for the sledge as well as News Corporation for leaking the picture of the public servant.
Dutton has apologized after the incident.
Lucy Carter gets video bombed by a vulgar internet meme
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) journalist Lucy Carter was interrupted by a video bomber during a live cross in 2014.
She was really news from a Sydney café explosion when a rogue young man dashed in front of the camera yelling, “F88k right in the pussy” before running away.
Carter controlled herself well and continued on with her report with composure while many commentators criticized the sexist stunt. The video bomb originated from an internet meme. A group pf actors in the US staged a similar stunt where a journalist is interrupted with the same vulgar.
Erin Molan is asked about her sex life on the live radio.
Channel nine sports journalist and NRL Footy Show presenter Erin Molan joined KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show for a segment called “Let’s get to know Erin’s last year”.
Throughout the segment, Kyle Sandilands asked Molan inappropriate questions about how many sportsmen she has slept with and whether she had a “boob job”.
Molan responded with, “That is an incredibly personal question. You know what … I’m going to take the fifth on that one and say, ‘You know what, I’m happy with my rig the way it is.'”
During the segment Sandilands also went on to call Molan’s family “coke-heads”.
Co-host Jackie noted the inappropriate nature of the interview, begging Sandilands to “let her off the hook.”
Molan later refused to return in the programme.
Sarah Teale is sexually harassed whilst reporting on sexual harassment
BBC journalist for East Midlands’ Today Sarah Teale, was filming a television report sexual harassment outside Nottingham Conference Centre in 2015.
She reported, “An online study found a shocking 95 percent of people said they had been harassed, either jeered at or had obscenities shouted at them in the street.”
As he finished his sentence, a passerby can be heard off camera, hurling obscenities Teale’s way. Tael, though clearly marked by the situation simply gestured towards the passerby and continued her report, “Yeah like that.”
College sports writer Amelia Rayno is sexually harassed by a university athletic director
After the athletic director, University of Minesto Norwood Teague resigned following reports he sexually harassed employees, Star Tribune reporter Amelia Rayno chose to share her own experience with the university director. Her article for Tribute recounts her dealings with Teague including an incident where he “grabbed” her, stalked her and hounded her with a string of Text message when she refused his advances.
Her story encouraged several other women in the college sports reporting to open up with their experiences of sexual harassment.