Police are looking for a man who thought it would be fun to take a selfie while kissing CBC reporter Megan Batchelor while she was live on-air.
Batchelor was reporting from the Squamish Valley Music Festival Friday when it went down. She filed a police report, saying the incident was rough on her.
“I felt like if I didn’t do something about it, then I’m making it look like it’s OK for people to do this to myself and to my colleagues,” she said. “To have someone run up and just touch you or kiss you on the cheek or do something unwelcome, it’s just not OK regardless of where I am or what atmosphere it is.”
Batchelor also said, “The support has been just amazing.” She added, “But of course there are people out there who feel I’m overreacting, and I was at a music festival so I was asking for this kind of thing.”
The CBC reports this is one of many similar incidents over the past year.
It is one of many incidents over the past year where female Canadian journalists have been disrupted on air.
Earlier this year, Toronto’s City News reporter Shauna Hunt confronted the men who shouted crude remarks into her microphone and defended it as part of a popular trend of harassing female reporters on air by yelling “f–k her right in the p—y.”
CBC reporter Charlsie Agro also filed a police report in Toronto after a man shouted the same notorious misogynistic slogan during a live broadcast of the Pan Am Games closing ceremony.
CBC Ottawa reporter Ashley Burke was also verbally attacked with the same offensive remark in Montebello, Que.