It’s uncomfortable to watch.
“I wasn’t even looking down. Now I’m forced to look down at the camera,” he continues. “Look at the shit on that critter.”
His entourage, mainly men, erupt in laughter.
Trying to brush it off, the reporter — also female — tries to continue with the interview.
It was Snoop Dogg.
Do you feel different about it?
Reporter Elizabeth McMillan said: “It was uncomfortable. In retrospect I wish I handled it differently. But it felt like a no-win situation. So I just gritted my teeth and tried to get through.”
McMillan interviewed the rapper in Truro. Snoop was in town, filming episodes for the Trailer Park Boys’s 10th season. The show has also booked special guest appearances from actor Tom Arnold, comic Doug Benson and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
It’s different, they said.
He’s a rapper. It’s expected.
“I think the stance that some people take about things like this just being a joke have to realize that it’s OK to joke and it’s OK to compliment women but you can do those things in a way that’s not belittling,” said Clattenburg.
Clattenburg and McMillan didn’t say anything, they just wanted to do their jobs.
Because that’s what women are trained to do.
Blush. Shrug it off. Carry on. Repeat.
One of the best parts of being in this business is the chance to talk to different people every day. We cover the legislature, tragedies, royal births and even rap stars filming in small town Nova Scotia.
How is it that some people tolerate misogyny from one group, but not another?
Every female reporter in the CBC Halifax bureau has had that sentence hurled at them. Every one.
Certain sources shouldn’t get a free pass.
As Clattenburg said: “Just because I expect it doesn’t mean I have to accept it.”