A CBC reporter in Toronto was subjected to sexual harassment this week while he was on-air during a live segment.
In a video clip circulating on social media, CBC reporter Chris Glover can be seen attempting to do his job during a live segment while an older man makes some very inappropriate gestures behind him, and eventually, to him.
In the video clip, the older man can be seen making kissing gestures and trying to lick Glover’s face while he stands behind him.
It’s a situation that Twitter users are calling “disturbing.”
This is so disturbing and I get more uncomfortable every time I watch this creepy guy assault @chrisgloverCBC on live television. Why do people think it’s OK to #harass & #assault reporters while they do their job?! It’s gotta stop! @chrisgloverCBC @CBCToronto #Toronto #reporter pic.twitter.com/rSeTStQI5L
— Jeffrey Vallis (@jeffrey_vallis) February 27, 2019
And while many Twitter users are praising Glover for his professionalism during the uncomfortable encounter, many are questioning why nothing was done to stop the man.
If the tables were turned and this was a woman, things would have been handled quite differently.
I’ve had exactly one person try something shady like this while I was on air, and that guy got punched in the face. @chrisgloverCBC is far more professional than I am.
That said, WHY THE HELL DIDN’T ANYONE TRY STOP THIS GROSS IDIOT FROM BEING A GROSS IDIOT? https://t.co/8iM8Y7jbcq
— Ｄａｌｂｙ (@Dalby) February 27, 2019
Others questioned why producers of the live hit also didn’t do anything to step in.
Exactly. Why didn’t anyone step in?! Nobody should be harassed while doing their job.
— Natasha Patterson (@TVapologist) February 27, 2019
Other social media users called the situation “beyond gross,” “harassment”, and “assault.”
This is beyond gross and disturbing. It’s assault. @chrisgloverCBC you are a true professional for handling that so calmly.
— Farrah Merali (@FarrahMerali) February 27, 2019
I know, right? That is harassment & assault.
— Dawn Bazely (@dawnbazely) February 27, 2019
That’s assault. And why is the anchor laughing?
— Nick Martin (@NickMartin14) February 27, 2019
I’ve long said if ANYTHING like this happened to me as a broadcaster, I’d finish my hit with a fistful of someone’s teeth
— Lindsey With An E (@Withane_Lindsey) February 27, 2019
The bottom line is no reporter should have to endure this on the job and CBC needs to hold the man accountable for his inappropriate actions.
And unfortunately, situations like this happen all too often.