“Honestly…I don’t think I realized in that moment just what happened.”
A CBC Vancouver reporter is calling it an uncomfortable experience. Megan Batchelor was doing a live segment for the 6 pm Friday news at Squamish Valley Music Festival, when a man suddenly came up to her and kissed her on the cheek.
He then took a selfie before he ran off.
“I felt kind of violated. As if someone was entering my space.”
Batchelor finished the segment and the show went on. In an interview with CBC, she says she processed the situation after the live segment was done.
She’s received lots of feedback from people online.
Mixed response on social media.
To all the sad, stupid little boy trolls attacking @MegsBatchelor right now: you are disgraces. Try being better.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) August 9, 2015
@MegsBatchelor You are being SOOO UnCanadian right now! Please stop! Fun in the sun in Canada, the guy meant no harm, and I think U know it.
— Scott Wylie (@ScottWylie7) August 9, 2015
— LemonadeSosa (@LemonadeSosa) August 9, 2015
No @MegsBatchelor is not being overly sensitive. No man has the right to touch a woman without consent. Period. It’s not cute or funny.
— Maggie Price (@maggiepriceless) August 9, 2015
“It’s just not okay”
“The bottom line here is that, regardless of what your job is, if you’re serving at a coffee shop, if you’re a police officer, if you’re a teacher – and when you’re trying to do your job, and you’re just focused on doing that…and to have someone just run up and touch you or kiss you on the cheek or just do something unwelcome…it’s just not okay.”
While the man has not been identified, a report has been filed with Squamish RCMP.
In a statement, CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson says this is yet another example of a disturbing trend, and CBC is doing everything that it can to ensure their journalists are safe when reporting from the field.