I will sum up for those who do not want to read the whole thing…a female comedian was hired for a corporate gig, a BUSINESS event. She was heckled with sexual remarks from some ignorant pig in the audience. As she put it, if she had been in a comedy club, it may have been different and she would have handled it differently. However, this was a corporate gig, and her instructions were no dirty, or sex laden jokes. Yet, somehow, this cement head in the audience decided it was okay to go on about having sex with her in front of her audience.
Sigh…seriously…how can we still be dealing with this in this day and age?
There is a wide spread media campaign going on about sexual harassment and it is helping highlight the issue. This can only be a good thing, but sometimes it feels like an uphill battle. I think there are more women who are not saying anything than those who are brave enough to come forward. Because I will tell you, it takes guts to do what this comedian, Jen Grant ,did. There will be those people saying she gets up and makes jokes for a living so it comes with the territory…it does NOT come with the territory. Explain to me how choosing to make people laugh for a living should result in people shouting out to you about how they are going to have their way with you, have sex with you - and by the way, unwanted sex...yeah that is rape - so let's think again about what transpired here. There will be other people saying she should have been stronger, less “sensitive” to what happened, like she should just suck it up, put on her big girl panties and let some jackass shout at her about what he would like to do to her.
My faith in the human race shatters a little bit more when I see or hear comments like that. So bravo to Jen Grant, and Shauna Hunt and the untold numbers of other women and men who have come forward and shed the light on this. And to the other members of the audience who stood up to this ignoramus at the event, bravo to you too…every time someone has the courage to stand up to sexual harassment in any of its insidious forms, we take a tiny step closer to making all workplaces a safer place to work.