Connecticut TV station under fire for using montage of breasts to celebrate Women's Day
Washington, Mar. 15 : A TV channel in Connecticut is under fire for marking Women's Day, which should celebrate female achievement and equality, by broadcasting inappropriate images of breasts.
Local groups called the on air display offensive and said the incident served to objectify women on a day in which they were to be celebrated.
According to the New York Daily News, viewers expecting to see a preview to the event on Fox CT station 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.
She then carried 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, the Huffington Post reports.
Its statement said that 'Fox CT apologizes for the 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, the report added.