It doesn’t take much of an imagination to guess the response should a couple of male TV personalities decide to grope a voluptuous female Olympian athlete.
But flip the coin and have female hosts “admiring” the oiled torso of a ripped male athlete and all’s well when you are a ranking member of the liberal media dominance in America.
NBC’s “Today” highlighted the reaction the network’s female hosts had to Tonga taekwondo competitor Pita Taufatofua, the flag-bearer for his country at Friday’s Parade of Nations at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The bare-chested Tongan was bathed in coconut oil and wore a decorated cloth called a ta’ovala and an ornamental waist girdle — the sum of which proving to be more than Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager could resist, as seen here:
"You guys are going to have a lot of questions to answer when you get home." @MLauer to @JennaBushHager & @hodakotb pic.twitter.com/KtO23KjfXK
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 8, 2016
Even Matt Lauer got in on the sanctioned sexual harassment:
.@hodakotb living the dream this morning with #Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua! #RioTODAY pic.twitter.com/UDZYlnE1Vo
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 8, 2016
The accepted double standard did not get by social media users, who could see that the male athlete was being treated “like a piece of meat.”
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
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@PigBauer @TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager Absolute embarrassment on so many levels
— Timmy! Boutillier (@timboutillier) August 8, 2016
@timboutillier @TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager I am so disgusted by them. It looked predatory on the TV the way they came around him.
— The Pig Bauer (@PigBauer) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @MLauer @hodakotb If someone treated a woman this way the world would be outraged. Does this guy *want* to be fondled? ?
— Tammy Lou (@tamilu40) August 8, 2016
@tamilu40 @TODAYshow @MLauer @hodakotb this Athlete was so obviously uncomfortable. Humiliating.
— Marcia Polas (@polaspilates) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager @hodakotb this was EMBARRASSING! Sexual harassment is what it was.
— Wendy Carlisle (@casaochoa) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager @hodakotb That was ridiculous. If men acted that stupid over a woman, you’d be off the air. Get a grip!
— Anne Fano (@anafano) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @hodakotb @JennaBushHager would you be laughing if @MLauer did this to a female athlete. Pita has a story is not a piece of meat!
— Sunnyand74 (@Sunnyand74) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow Al and Matt doing that to Gisele, they would be toast
— Bob Mulkey (@Rdmulk) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager @hodakotb You owe this gentleman an apology. What were you thinking!
— Lynn Song (@LynnSongofTime) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager @hodakotb Embarrassing. Do you not even get what you are doing? Reverse genders and how would this look?
— Amanda Sharp (@Vera_A_S) August 8, 2016
@TODAYshow @MLauer @JennaBushHager @hodakotb The athlete from Tonga deserved your respect. Imagine Matt doing that to a female athlete!
— Martha Phillips (@martiphil08) August 8, 2016
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