British Columbia presenter refused to ‘stand in shame’ after email criticizing her cleavage was made public instead


A Vancouver Island news anchor who was ashamed by a viewer for wearing a shirt that showed a touch of cleavage says she has been harassed before because of her appearance, but this time it was difficult to tell ‘ignore.After Sunday night’s show on CHEK News, Kori Sidaway received an email from someone signed by “The Vancouver Island Cleavage Patrol” warning “Too much cleavage can break your story.”

The email included a photo of Sidaway wearing a white shirt during that night’s newsletter alongside another photo showing a close-up of a woman’s cleavage in a deep v-neck that ends below her breasts. These photos, according to the post, show “What you think we are seeing and what we are actually seeing.”

The message was sent to the boss of Sidaway, the station’s publicity team, and almost everyone in the newsroom.

“It looked like they were going to get the jugular with that,” Sidaway said.

The implications of the post made it worse than an average sarcastic comment from a viewer on their clothes or face.

“Not only am I responsible for my own work, for my own appearance, but now I am responsible for the imaginations of others,” she says.

Normally, Sidaway and her female colleagues support each other in private when they receive inappropriate comments from viewers, which is not uncommon.

But this time, she felt that was not enough and decided to post the post on social media.

“I just didn’t want to be ashamed of myself. I didn’t want to internalize the harassment, ”Sidaway said.

“I decided to reuse the photo into something powerful because I think I look powerful. I think I look fabulous. I think I sound professional. I think there is nothing wrong with this photo. “

‘I’m ready to wear this outfit again’

Since the message’s publication on Monday, Sidaway has received a flood of support, including messages from women journalists across the country about similar experiences stretching back decades.

“We’ve been watching women’s bodies… for eons,” Sidaway said.

But this is not the only return.

“There are people who do not agree, who think that [outfit] is inappropriate for broadcasting, and these people messaged me, ”she said.

She also received a few really nasty messages, including people encouraging her to try pornography.

Sidaway has been on the air for about two years and said she was just starting to feel comfortable experimenting with her clothes when it happened.

She said she would try not to let this experience affect her clothing choices in the future, but she knows it will likely pester her for a while.

“That being said, I am ready to wear this outfit again and will be wearing it again on Saturday,” she said.


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