Sexual harassment is bullying and inappropriate, whether the perpetrator is a celebrity, sportsman or much-loved TV personality. The issues with sexual harassment are manifold but what’s hugely frustrating for many is the objectification and humiliation of the victim.
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is facing fresh allegations of sexual harassment after making a series of controversial remarks to a female journalist.
Gayle, who was criticised for asking female Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin out on a date during a live television interview earlier this year, was speaking to Charlotte Edwardes for an article published in the Times Magazine on 21 May.
Where laws surrounding sexual harassment exist, they generally do not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or minor isolated incidents.
According to the article, Gayle made suggestive remarks and asked the journalist about personal matters.
At one point in the interview Gayle – who recently celebrated the arrival of a baby girl called Blush with his partner Tash – reportedly tells Edwardes that he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld”.
The 36-year-old Jamaican then added, “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hand”, The Daily Mail reported.
According to the article, Gayle asks Edwardes how many black men she has ‘had’ and wants to know if she has ever had a threesome. “I bet you have. Tell me”, he is reported to have said.
In a separate incident, British comedian Russell Brand has been brought into the debate, with many citing that his inappropriate remarks to female journalists and presenters also fall into the same bracket as Gayle’s.
Whilst being interviewed in Australia, Brand says to the interviewer, “It would be like a fight if we had sex. Are you actually confident? You don’t get all nervous when it comes to the crunch do ya?”
Brand, 40, then touches the presenter’s hips whilst moving closer to her in a feat that has made people ask why there is no outrage with his behaviour, as – rightly – with Gayle’s.
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TNT News Yasin Chinembiri