World Cup Reporter Groped, Kissed During Live On Air Segment

    Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez Theran was inappropriately kissed and groped while reporting on the World Cup for Deutsche Well, a German news station, last week.

    A man ran up to her, kissed her on the face and grabbed her breast before running off. Gonzalez Theran kept composed during the entire incident and continued reporting.

    Shortly after, she posted a clip of what happened on her Instagram with the captions: “We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of football, but we must identify the limits of affection and harassment.

    Since the posting, her situation has received mixed feelings. Some saw it as a serious matter while others say it was “just a kiss.”

    Honestly, I don’t know why people would even think this is okay or simply “just a kiss.” No one would want a random stranger to violate their personal space, touch them and more importantly do it while they are working. 

    People need to stop downplaying incidents like this and understand that there needs to be a better level of respect for women reporters within this “macho-dominated” sports culture.

    RESPETO! No merecemos este trato. Somos igualmente valiosas y profesionales. Comparto la alegra del ftbol, pero debemos identificar los lmites del afecto y el acoso.

    1,113 Likes, 468 Comments – Julieth Thern (@juliethgonzaleztheran) on Instagram: “RESPETO! No merecemos este trato. Somos igualmente valiosas y profesionales. Comparto la alegra…”

    Erin Ashey Simon is a writer, producer, host and contributor for The Shadow League. Host of Cheddar Esports and Grass Routes Podcast, a former college athlete who passes the time playing flag football. Simon has previous work experience at Cycle Media, REVOLT TV, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Originally from New Jersey, Simon graduated from the University of Kentucky.