Lebanese in style anchor Darine El Helwe was on dwell broadcast from Riad Soloh Sq. within the capital Beirut when a male protester kissed her on her cheek, in keeping with Gulf News.
Within the video, El Helwe was shocked by the kiss and froze for a number of seconds earlier than laughing nervously to remember herself and resume reporting.
The shared footage triggered a debate on-line between social media customers, activists and journalists, who have been divided on the incident.
Some thought-about it cute and humorous whereas others mentioned it was inappropriate and a type of harassment.
Well-known TV host Neshan shared the video on his twitter and commented ‘revolutionist’s kiss’.
— نيشان (@Neshan) November 10, 2019
Human rights activist Georges Azzi retweeted Neshan’s tweet however mentioned there was nothing humorous in regards to the kiss.
هيدا التصرف مش مقبول ويا ريت ما يتروج له على انه تصرف مهضوم، هيدا تحرش وقلة احترام للنساء ومساحاتها الخاصة. https://t.co/XluZjNE2ez
— georges azzi (@G_azzi) November 10, 2019
Lebanese have been protesting since October 17 demanding an overhaul of the nation’s ruling elite broadly thought-about as corrupt.
Whereas the protesters have somber and critical calls for, it hasn’t stopped many from having fun with their time while demonstrating.
Many protesters have taken selfies and movies with tv reporters broadly thought-about to be heroes of the rebellion.
Talking to Gulf News, El Helwi known as the kiss “unacceptable”.
“I used to be dwell after I felt the kiss, with out seeing him. I attempted to proceed reporting professionally though my voice was shaky. Regardless of the unacceptable act, I remained emotionally steady and maintained eye contact with the digital camera,” she mentioned.
Nonetheless, after the kisser publicly apologised on Fb, El Hewli mentioned she felt much less indignant in regards to the incident.