The moment a man at the Melbourne Reclaim Australia rally shoves Jayde Cotic during her live cross. Photo: Sky News
A Reclaim Australia supporter has demonstrated the close ties between racism and misogyny, while proving the hypocrisy of using 'women's rights' as a justification for Islamophobia.
Tensions were running high at the weekend as rallies and anti-racist counter-rallies took place around Australia – but Sky News reporter Jayde Cotic probably wasn't thinking she'd become the target of misogynistic violence at the Melbourne event.
During a live cross a man participating in the rally charged Cotic, pushing her to the left of the frame. He then yelled the offensive catchphrase "F--- her right in the p---y!" directly at the camera.
In the video, Cotic appears visibly shaken and is briefly rendered speechless by the attack. Two young men standing behind can be seen laughing loudly as it takes place.
"I'm so sorry Vanessa," she says to anchor Vanessa Grimm, before taking a few breaths to recover and then continuing with her report.
The phrase, abbreviated to 'FHRITP' - and the associated act of interrupting female reporters on live TV to scream it in their faces – became popular with internet douchebags in 2014. Earlier this year, a video of a Canadian reporter taking two men to task for shouting the phrase at her went viral.
It's often described with such permissive language as "pranking".
But this is not just a harmless prank. It is sexual harassment of women trying to do their job. It is a public rape threat that encourages men watching it and laughing along to think it's OK to intimidate and humiliate women.
And in this case, as can be clearly seen in the video, it is also physical assault.
This behaviour should not be tolerated. And it shouldn't be up to reporters who've been victimised – or TV anchors back at the studio – to deliver the message that such behaviour, prohibited by law, is not OK. This is a message that should be sent by law enforcement, preferably to the perpetrator's face.
In the meantime, there's Twitter.
Racist Australia only cares about women when they can use them to vilify Muslim men. Pack of misogynist dicks. https://t.co/ymyDGnpVF7— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) November 23, 2015
Part of the justification for Islamophobia is the way they treat women. Look at this brave United Patriot wanker https://t.co/kkKYv1QfKE— Irma Gherd (@maureenchuck1) November 23, 2015