An uncomfortable second witnessed by Today present viewers has sparked a debate about consent.
On Wednesday, Today Food hosted a section with Jenna Bush Hager, customer co-host Justin Sylvester and customer Andy Baraghani, the place the trio prepared a roast rooster.
During the section, Hager at one stage positioned her hand on Sylvester’s shoulder as she leaned in to watch the meals preparation. The Today host then moved her hand to Sylvester’s completely different shoulder, at which stage the co-host appeared to shrug Hager’s hand off.
After eradicating her hand, Sylvester then proceeded to proceed to make his boundaries clear as he calmly pushed Hager away so that she was compelled to take a few steps away from his side.
However, no matter Sylvester’s response, Hager then moved nearer as quickly as as soon as extra as she smiled on the digital digital camera. Just moments later, Sylvester then used his hand to push his co-host away as quickly as as soon as extra.
“Do you want me to go?” Hager requested Sylvester at one stage.
On social media, the second was met with shock from viewers, with many criticising the Today present host for seemingly ignoring Sylvester’s boundaries.
“This is not okay. She blatantly ignored his ‘no,’ violating his personal space and repeatedly touching him. Jenna Bush needs a suspension, at minimum,” creator Adrienne Lawrence tweeted along with the clip.
Another particular person says the clip was “really uncomfortable to watch” and claimed it confirmed Hager “getting space-invadery repeatedly to the point where her co-host has to put a barrier up and then literally push her away”. “This is f**king creepy, and that smile at the end shows she knows exactly what was going on,” they added.
“He’s clearly uncomfortable. Like why does she keep touching him and getting in his space?!” one particular person requested, whereas one other individual wrote: “Absolutely unacceptable.”
Others defended Hager on the concept that she and Sylvester gave the impression to be joking spherical with one another.
“You guys are really taking things over the top. He’s trying to flirt with the guest, and he and his co host are joking around. She even jokes ‘do you want me to leave’ and is completely aware of him trying to flirt with the guest. Find something real to be angry about,” one particular person commented beneath the video, whereas one different talked about: “This was all in good fun for the camera, everyone calm down.”
The Independent has contacted representatives for the Today present for comment.