Being a live news reporter has its fair share of challenges.
Whether it's being attacked by a bug on camera, or having to deal with annoying people who want nothing more than to ruin your broadcast by punching you in the face, there's no shortage of idiocy and inconveniences you have to put up with.
And for some reason, there's a huge phenomenon of people running up to reporters and kissing them on the cheek. Usually, it happens to female news personalities.
A recent DW Broadcast of World Cup coverage by reporter Julieth Gonzalez is another example of a reporter being hugged and kissed while they were simply doing their job.
And it sparked a larger conversation about harassment and abuse online.
A DW reporter was sexually harassed while covering the #WorldCup. @JULIETHCGT was kissed, groped by a man while reporting from Moscow.— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 20, 2018
The incident can be seen here (00:13).
Sexual harassment is not okay. It needs to stop. In football, and elsewhere.pic.twitter.com/O0S1a1F4Es
Other women who work in sports spoke up about certain misogynistic behaviors they'd had to deal with in their line of work, as well.
Some people were quick to say that Gonzalez and her employer were "overreacting" over the kiss.
you call THAT sexual harassment? Is this some kind of joke? people are simply overfilled with joy— anna_novikova (@anna_novikova) June 20, 2018
But DW Sports stuck by their original post and continued to condemn the behavior of the man who approached their reporter.
a Russian fan— 🇮🇹 Лилечка 🇮🇹🇸🇾❤️🇷🇺ن (@LilySej1) June 21, 2018
gave a kiss
on the cheek to the reporter
it was not a sexual harassment
Some people questioned whether it was a good idea for DW Sports to even air the footage in the first place, as it might make Gonzalez uncomfortable.
However, they not only cleared it with the journalist, but she supported the decision, stating that she hopes the footage will give some insight into the struggles that other women in her profession face.
This has been cleared with Julieth, and she has indeed agreed that this video will be shared for the purpose of showing what female sports reporters have to face while simply doing their job.— DW Sports (@dw_sports) June 20, 2018
For the most part, people sympathized with Gonzalez and couldn't understand why someone would think it's a good idea to just up and grab a reporter out of nowhere and plant a smooch on their face.
While others tried downplaying Gonzalez's incident by pointing out other cases of reporter harassment.
Female reporters aren't the only ones who were getting gratuitous smooches planted on their cheeks.
This Russian woman thought it'd be a good idea to kiss an Egyptian reporters face while he was reporting on his country's team.
Even though some people used the whole thing as an opportunity to make a joke...
For many, it was just unacceptable behavior.
the amount of people who brush off the reporter who was groped/kissed on the cheek while trying to report live and say that's not harassment is dizzying lmao, y'all who think that are sick and I'm genuinely sorry for whoever gets stuck with u— ☆ jenn @ 15 DAYS TIL AX ☆ (@xj__ix) June 21, 2018
"Many online commentators, however, downplayed the incident. One labelled the criticism as "feminist hysteria", and others suggested the kiss should be seen as a "welcome" or a "compliment"."— ferg 💧 (@fergusbrazier) June 21, 2018
STFU if you actually believe that then get off this planethttps://t.co/5MZTWkN1pA
What do you think?