Female TV host fired over 'inappropriate' clothing during a live broadcast
No matter how far we seem to get with feminism in the modern age, the issue of policing women's bodies seems to crop up at almost every turn. School kids are told they can't wear certain clothes because they'll "distract the boys", office workers are told they must wear heels and makeup because "that's just company policy", and women who dare to go against the status quo by having any form of body hair are almost always torn apart by people online.
Sadly, then, it almost doesn't come as a surprise that a television presenter in Kuwait was fired on air for wearing an outfit that viewers deemed to be "inappropriate".
Amal Al Awadhi was presenting a popular game show called "The Winning Touch" on state-run TV this week when she was terminated from her position just minutes before the broadcast was due to end.
This was the outfit in question:
Shortly after she was let go from her job, Kuwait's Arab Times reported that Al Awadhi had been suspended by the network after ignoring several warnings about her outfit choices for the show. "She had provoked negative reactions during the last few episodes of the show, which led the management of KTV channel to suspend her from the show," the publication stated.
Reports say tha this incident was particularly offensive because Al Awadhi apparently had the audacity to wear it during the month of Ramadan.
The presenter herself alluded to this in a statement she shared about the incident on Snapchat: "I heard someone saying, 'Take Amal Al Awadhi off air now, or I'll shut down the channel,'" she said, but insists that she was being more considerate than usual with her choice of dress. "Because my show was airing during Ramadan... I took care of what I wore and how I spoke."
Fans had mixed reactions to the news that the 29-year-old had been fired, with some standing by the network's decision, and others arguing that it was totally unfair to cut someone loose for an (arguably very modest) outfit.
"You got fired for that outfit? Are you kidding me? That's disgraceful," wrote one commenter. "This is 2018 and men who are still treating women like this need to get a grip on reality. I'm really sorry this happened to you and I hope you are fighting this! And for the record, you look gorgeous."
"This is unjust, her clothes are under the knee," said another.
"Good you're suspended... you know that it's Ramadan and you don't respect us," commented one contrarian.
Another chimed in: "She deserves to be suspended, her clothes aren't fit for such a program. TV presenters must be modest during Ramadan."
Al Awadhi herself denies any form of misconduct and continues to insist that her outfit should not have caused offence to any viewers. Indeed, for any people reading this from societies in which no such extreme policing exists, it seems blatantly obvious that what she's saying is true.
Unfortunately, not everybody sees it that way, and issues like this will likely continue to happen until women are treated with the same amount of respect as men.