How can anyone ignore what Chris Gayle did

Chris Gayle has been splashed all over the news for a few days for reasons that are not related to his prowess at batting. He has been under fire for his sexual harassment of Mel Mclaughlin, a sports reporter who is covering the BBL for their official broadcaster. He flirted with unashamedly, praised her eyes and later asked her out for a drink.

How would you feel if you had to deal with this kind of behavior? You would roll your eyes or walk away if you could. Now imagine how you would feel if you had to deal with such conduct in your place of work. Now add in the fact that millions of people are watching you, and a video clip of the encounter ends up on the Internet.

If you can imagine that situation, you know perfectly well how Mclaughlin felt.

This is a perfect example of how celebrities end up indulging in inappropriate behavior with media personnel. Reporters are forced to be friendly to them because that is what their job requires but does this justify such crude behavior?

Go back a few years in history to the incident of Shilpa Shetty vs. Richard Gere. During a fundraising event, Richard Gere held Shetty in his arms and gave her a kiss in an event that was televised and created a scandal in India.

Since when did it become acceptable for a man to flirt with a woman and then try to brush it off as a joke?

Let’s look at another example, this time in our own country. In 2008, our very own president Asif Ali Zardari clutched the hand of Vice Presidential candidate of the United States and blurted out that he found her gorgeous, throwing the entire country into unimaginable depths of embarrassment. Could Zardari not have discussed foreign policy issues with her, the way he was intended to?

Why is it that men choose to judge a woman by her physical appearance alone? Is what she has to say somehow less important than what she looks like?

The interaction between Nabil Gabol and Reham Khan in which Gabol flirted shamelessly with Reham Khan also garnered a lot of negative media attention.

We can also look at Aamer Liaquat’s flirtatious efforts with Neelam Munir and Sanam Baloch on their respective shows.

The women who are made the subject of this behavior are not the only ones who feel embarrassed. In fact, the entire audience feels embarrassed on her behalf. In conservative societies such as in India and Pakistan, often the women comes under fire for no fault for her, as she is  believed to have instigated the praise. This is exactly what happened in the Shetty/Gere case when Gere walked out of the incident scot free, but Shilpa came under fire for having tempted him.

Imagine what a woman feels like when she comes to a professional environment and ends up having to fend off such advances. All the energy she could have used in her work is now used up dealing with such situations.