A Fox station in Connecticut aired a segment yesterday about the “celebration of women” — highlighting Women’s History Month and a related event that lauded women’s accomplishments in the state. And what better way to celebrate how far women have come than with footage of women’s breasts?
Needless to say, this elicited a bad reaction — and the station later apologized for the “file footage error.” The station tweeted:
The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, which hosts Annual Women’s Day, issued a statement calling out the station for sexism and objectifying women:
“We are appalled at the level of sexism this incident shows. It is an insult not only to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and to all who attended Women’s Day at the Capitol, which marked the PCSW’s 40-year battle against gender discrimination, but to women everywhere who are tired of being objectified. Anyone who doubts the existence of the ‘war on women’ need look no further than Fox News. We invite the executives at Fox to ask about our Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention trainings, which would help them and their staff learn a little more about what goes on above a woman’s shoulders.”
The Huffington Post noted that the b-roll aired twice.
The footage below:
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