A tv presenter has been labelled as “embarrassing and an eyesore” – all because she is pregnant.
The description of Jenny-May Clarkson, who is heavily pregnant with twins, has been published in a provocative letter in the TV Guide NZ.
The letter, written by John Rook states:
“Who is responsible for allowing a sports reporter in a very pregnant state to remain on screen?” he wrote. “I have no problem seeing pregnant women in normal situations or places, but to have them remain on TV in a state which I feel is embarrassing and an eyesore? It’s time to replace them.”
The 69-year-old father of three told The New Zealand Herald he was attempting to point out what the cut-off point for pregnant women appearing on TV was.
“I just wanted to know who was responsible for leaving presenters on air and at what stage of their pregnancy? I’m old fashioned … When a woman gets to that stage of pregnancy [show] a bit of decency – stand her down,” he said.
Jenny-May has received a massive surge of support as a result of the inflammatory comments made in the letter, including her employer.
“We’re thrilled for Jenny-May,” a TVNZ spokesperson said. “Like a lot of Kiwi women, Jenny-May is working during her pregnancy. She’s not the first and she won’t be the last member of our news team to do so.
“Jenny-May’s a talented and professional broadcaster. It’s her choice to decide at what point she takes a break from her role and we’ll support her decision 100 per cent.”
Jenny-May responded on her Facebook page, thanking all those who had supported her.
“As a heavily pregnant woman I struggle with my own demons about my body changing shape but I choose to stay in front of the camera to encourage others to be proud of the job that we are doing – creating life,” she wrote. “It is a major privilege to carry and create a human being and in my case two. Just like it is a privilege to enter into your living rooms each weekend.”
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