Female reporter kissed on live TV as she covered music festival
MONTREAL — The latest incident of a female TV reporter being harassed on the job has the federation representing Quebec journalists calling for the public to be reminded such behaviour is unacceptable. Radio-Canada’s Valerie-Micaela Bain was kissed on the cheek by an unidentified concert-goer as she went live from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival. Startled, she shoved him away and yelled at him before calmly continuing her report Friday night. ``Kissing someone without their consent is no,’’ she wrote in a Facebook post outing the unidentified man with images and video that was then shared nearly 8,000 times.
``You’re bothering me. I’m working.’’
Stephane Giroux, head of the Quebec journalists’ federation, believes it’s a clear-cut case of sexual harassment.
``You would not do that to a random person on the street,’’ Giroux said Monday. ``What makes you think you can do this to a reporter on television doing her work?