By Lee Moran
Breasts are best – according to Fox Connecticut.
The TV station is under fire for marking the state’s Women’s Day – which should celebrate female achievement and equality – by broadcasting an inappropriate montage of mammaries.
Viewers expecting to see a preview to Wednesday’s event in Hartford were twice left watching lingering shots of women’s breasts as they walked down the street.
It sparked outrage, with many labelling the piece – profiling the annual Connecticut State Capitol extravaganza that would be attended by state dignitaries later that day – as offensive.
In the clip, female anchor Erika Arias looks visibly hesitant as she introduces the segment.
FOXCT Anchor Erika Arias realized something was amiss as she introduced the segment.
She then carries on talking about the event, despite the only images appearing on the screen being of breasts.
The Fox affiliate took to Twitter to apologize, putting Wednesday’s “error” down to a mistake with file footage, reports the Huffington Post.
Its statement said, “Fox CT apologizes for today’s file footage error. We will continue to recognize great contributions of women in CT and around the world.”
But it’s not enough for event organizers, Hartford-based Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, who said it was “appalled at the level of sexism” the incident showed.
“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 […]but to women everywhere who are tired of being objectified,” the group said in a statement.