A news anchor has expertly fired back at a viewer who sent a message to the show to criticise her ‘inappropriate’ outfit.
Canadian reporter Kori Sidaway tweeted a screenshot of the email from the self-titled ‘Vancouver Island Cleavage Patrol’ which she received after appearing on CHEK News.
Her powerful message in response has gone viral as thousands of others supported Kori and shared their own similar experiences.
The viewer email read: “BREAKING NEWS. TOO MUCH CLEAVAGE CAN BREAK YOUR NEWS STORY. Don’t let it happen to you.
“Episode: Sunday Sept. 6 5-7pm. Attached are 2 photos. What you think we see and what we actually see.
“Dress appropriately, it was hard work to get there. Thanks, Vancouver Island Cleavage Patrol.”
The two images were a photo of Kori during her television appearance and one of a different woman wearing a white top, which Kori believes was used an example “to say that’s what I looked like to them.”
Kori shared the photos and email with the message: “This screenshot was sent to me and my colleagues in an attempt to shame and police my body.
“Well, I’m taking my power back. To the nameless computer warrior(s) who try to reduce women into an outfit or a body part — this generation of women, doesn’t stand for harassment.”
Kori’s response has racked up nearly 5,000 likes, as fellow journalist Camila Gonzalez said: “I got an anonymous handwritten letter delivered to my network two weeks ago saying ‘decent men don’t want to see your low cut top. It shows poor taste in character. Hope you come to your senses and stick to doing your job’. I hate to hear it’s happening across Canada.”
Penny Daflos, who works for CTV News Vancouver, wrote: “The top is beautiful and there was nothing wrong with it. The keyboard critics need to shut up because no one cares about their antiquated ideas or sexist opinions. Women journalists aren’t there to be ogled, we’re there to do our job. Full stop.”
Others voiced their support with messages including: “This isn’t okay! We stand behind you and against harassment.”
Kori thanked everyone for their messages after the tweet went viral, adding: “The sun is shining and I’m not letting this go any further in affecting me!”