Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Womantra calls out 'The Run Down' for teaching men how to harass women

Advocacy group, Womantra, is calling on television network CNC3 to address an episode of The Run Down in which host, Ancil "Blaze" Isaac acted out a skit, encouraging three men to harass a woman.

In the satirical segment, Blaze is emulating a boss seeking to employ WASA men. He then takes the men on a tour demonstrating how to be successful at the job. The advice given appeared to be an attempt to bash the state-owned utility company for its services.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Womantra called the episode a "thrash" segment.

The group said it found nothing funny about harassment and pointed out that for the year to date, 24 women have been killed.

See the post below:

"Good morning T&T!

Have you seen this thrash instalment of The Rundown CNC3 where Blaze is instructing 'WASA' men on how to harass women. I mean, how TONE DEAF can you be???

In a country where women are constantly telling men that they feel unsafe to walk the street, heck even in their own home, a bunch of men got together in a studio and decided that this was a good idea.

Because turning women's trauma into comedy is easier than talking about male entitlement. Men's entitlement to women's time, women's bodies and women's reactions to their harassment. CNC3 Television, Trinidad and Tobago perhaps its time you "choose better men" to produce your content from now on.

And FYI, 24 women have already been killed this year by male entitlement. Let that sink in and tell us if you still find this funny. We don't.

#funnywhatyoufindfunny #toxicmasculinity #blazinblaze #womenslivesmatter #EndViolenceAgainstWomen #Womantra"

 

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