Mexican sports reporter beats fan with microphone after he gropes her on live TV
You would think that in a modern and seemingly civilized society, harassment would be a thing of the past, but it's still rife. While the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement have encouraged many people to call out misconduct, it hasn't stopped certain people from blatantly abusing others for their own gratification.
Unfortunately, when it comes to abuse, men are typically the perpetrators (although there are women who can and do act appropriately), and for members of the fairer sex, it can make something as simple as going to their local store a scary experience, or even make their workplace a living nightmare. Case in point, this Mexican sports reporter who was groped by a fan on live TV.
But she wasn't willing to stand there and take it. Check out the video below to see how she retaliated:
In the shocking footage, reporter Maria Fernanda Mora can be seen talking with sports fans outside the Guadalajara stadium after Chivas Guadalajara, the local team, beat Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League. Like many fans at sporting events, they were more than a little enthused by the win and began to chant during the interview.
However, one portly fan decided that because Mora was distracted by her presenting duties, he could blatantly assault her on live TV.
As the journalist interviewed two fans about the game, her soon-to-be assaulter came up behind her chanting a fan anthem. While his actions might have started out innocent enough, what happened next was far from PG. Instead of simply being happy to have gatecrashed a news report, the brazen fan groped Mora's backside, and she did not take it lightly.
Rather than continue with the interview, the reporter swung around to face the man who'd assaulted her and repeatedly hit him with her microphone. At this point, the other chanting fans stopped singing to watch on in astonishment.
As the interview cuts, Mora is clearly very distressed and is filmed tearfully walking away from the camera.
Taking to Twitter after the event, the reporter, who was completely justified in her response, wrote, "What happened to me at dawn on Thursday, happens to thousands of women every day in public spaces. The difference is that it happened to me during a live link on television and I decided to defend myself. My reaction is what turned the fact into something viral."
"I thought, It could be an accidental rubbing because of people's pushing and I kept talking to the camera. This guy, emboldened because I did not react and kept doing my job, put his hand between my buttocks twice more. I decided to defend myself."
Thankfully, the reporter received a lot of support on the social networking website and was sent countless messages of solidarity.
One woman wrote: "I don't speak Spanish, so I can't really read all these tweets, but what @marifermora90 experienced transcends any language barrier. Her actions were what a lot of us would like to do and I love her for it. Vamos Maria. #UnaSomosTodas"
Another Twitter user added: "I have elbowed men and humiliated them by yelling at them in public for unwanted touching. I will continue to fight back until this is no longer an issue."
But, perhaps most shockingly of all, other female news reporters revealed being groped on air was something that they too had experienced, with Mirella Lopez writing, "As a female reporter, I have faced harassment on the job. I understand her situation and she had every right to defend herself. Don't flirt with us, never touch us, we are WORKING!!!! #metoo"
Some Twitter users analyzed the clip in great detail in order to ascertain whether or not what happened to Mora was intentional or not and @tankstothemoon concluded, "His right hand was not in the air right behind her and his left was in the air. Not accidental. It was intended. If he didn't mean it then he would have kept both hands up to cheer. #UnaSomosTodas"
Many people simply took the clip as an opportunity to emphasize facts which, by now, we'd all like to think are a given:
Although Mora won much praise for retaliating when she was assaulted, a number of people suggested that she did it because she knew it would win her viral fame, but she has hit back on Twitter, writing, "I don't regret my reaction at all in my way of acting before his attack because I had previously suffered harassment in the performance of my journalistic work.
"I defended myself because women are NOT GOING TO LEAVE AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP."
The incident has now spawned its own hashtag in Mexico thanks to other high-profile journalists voicing their support on Twitter for Mora with the hashtag #UnaSomosTodas (One Like Us All). And let's face it, if a person touches you intimately without your consent, you have every right to defend yourself. With any luck, Mora's response will put would-be assaulters off in the future.
After all, we are now living in a post #MeToo world, and if anything has been learned from this international movement, it's this: People will no longer be silent in the face of assault and anyone who continues to do it deserves the wrath it inspires.