Italian sports reporter Diletta Leotta who, while on the job at a football match between Napoli and Brescia, was met with some appalling catcalling. “Fuori le tette!” the fans chanted at Leotta, which translates roughly to the inelegant “get your tits out”.
Leotta, who is a reporter for Radio 105 and DAZN among others, wasn’t fazed by the heckling. The immensely classy journalist kept walking through the chants, only pausing to raise her finger and shake it. She chastised those catcallers like they were the set of naughty, misbehaving schoolkids that their chants revealed them to be. Then, after wagging her finger, Leotta brandished a thumbs down to the crowd. Epic though Leotta’s clapback may be, it exposes the sadly all too frequent reality of street harassment suffered by women every day, especially women who are on the job and even more especially… female sports reporters.
All around the world, in every code, female journalists on the sports beat are subjected to appalling comments both on and off the field.