FOX-CT Apologizes For Celebrating ‘International Women’s Day’ With B-Roll of Breasts
1:00 pm, March 14th | by Colette McIntyre
International Women’s Day is a holiday that honors the strength and sacrifice of countless women around the world; it’s an occasion that reignites the global initiative to empower women and young girls, and draws attention to gender-based violence and disenfranchisement. International Women’s Day is a time to commemorate women’s extraordinary economic, political and social achievements through public demonstrations and discussions — or, you can celebrate the day like a FOX affiliate in Connecticut did: force everyone to watch footage of faceless women’s breasts bouncing through a crowd. Humina humina humina! Women’s Day is awesome because women have boobs and boobs are awesome! B (.) (.) B S!
FOX Connecticut is under fire following a news segment that illustrated a report on the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women’s march to the Capital with stock footage of women in low-cut tops, the shots focused tightly on the women’s breasts and cleavage. Even the female newscaster appears to have been disturbed by the footage choice: in a clip of the broadcast, she audibly strains to deliver her voice-over as the offensive B-roll plays.
FOX-CT tweeted an apology yesterday morning, writing that the file footage was used in “error.” (I’d like to know why they have such creepy and objectifying stock footage to begin with…) Yet, as the Huffington Post pointed out, the same footage, albeit a shorter version, ran a second time that day, suggesting that FOX-CT intentionally created the offensive segment.
In a second statement released late Wednesday, FOX-CT promised to implement “procedures to keep this from happening in the future.” The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women put forth a statement of its own, calling the story “repugnant” and an insult “to women everywhere who are tired of being objectified.” PCSW’s executive director Teresa Younger goes on to invite “the executives at Fox to ask about our sexual harassment awareness and prevention trainings.”
When asked for their thoughts on the commission’s offer, FOX executives made motorboat noises and squeezing gestures while staring at my chest.
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