Well, it happened again at the World Cup. A woman reporter who was on live TV was accosted by a male soccer fan who apparently lacks any basic self control. The latest incident occurred on Sunday in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg where Julia Guimaraes was covering the game between Japan and Senegal.
Guimaraes, a correspondent from Brazil for TV Globo and SportTV, was in the middle of a live report when a man suddenly burst into the camera frame from her right and tried to kiss her on the cheek. A quick-thinking Guimaraes was able to dodge the kiss attempt. The man quickly fled from her, a sophomoric grin plastered on his face. Guimaraes then she proceeded to lecture him on why he shouldn’t behave that way.
“Don’t do this! Never do this again,” she can be heard yelling, pointing her handheld microphone at him. The man can be heard apologizing to her from off-screen. “Don’t do this, I don’t allow you to do this, never, OK? This is not polite, this is not right,” she continued, visibly disgusted by the violation. “Never do this to a woman, OK? Respect.”
After the incident, Guimaraes said in a post on Twitter that she’d never been accosted like this in her home country, but that she’d now endured two of these types of incidents since arriving in Russia to cover the World Cup.
É difícil encontrar palavras… Por sorte, nunca vivi isso no Brasil! Aqui já aconteceu por 2 vezes. Triste! Vergonhoso! https://t.co/8sdukYw8FG
— Julia Guimarães (@juliacgc) June 24, 2018
According to the BBC, she told Globo Esporte that the experience was “awful” and it left her feeling “helpless” and “vulnerable.”
“This time, I responded, but it’s sad people don’t understand why people feel they have the right to do that.”
Guimaraes also reshared a video on Twitter made earlier this year as part of a campaign to highlight how often female reporters endure these sorts of unwanted advances from men while they’re working. The video was produced by female reporters and is in the form of a highlight reel compiling many of these incidents that have been caught on camera. The campaign was called #DeixaElaTrabalhar, or “Let her work.”
— #Deixaelatrabalhar (@deixaelatrab) March 25, 2018
The incident comes on the heels of a similar episode that also happened at the World Cup last week. Julieth Gonzalez Theran, a correspondent for German TV news agency Deutsche Welle’s Spanish-language channel, was in the middle of a live broadcast when a man suddenly grabbed her and kissed her on the cheek. As he accosted her, one of his hands landed on her left breast.
However that unfortunate experience had a bit of an unexpected outcome as the man came forward to apologize to Gonzalez Theran. The apology occurred face to face over Skype and DW documented the whole thing on camera. The man, who only gave his first name, Ruslan, said, “I offer my most profound apologies. I know that your job is very hard and I hope that you will never face another such incident.” Gonzalez Theran accepted the apology and wished him well.
Read the full story at the BBC.