After a video of ATM‘s Enrique Tovar sexually harrassing his co-host Tania Reza on-air went viral yesterday, people expressed outrage and disappointment at Tovar, Televisa, and the show’s producers for allowing it to happen.
Since then, there have been a lot of rumors about what actually happened – the most prominent suggesting that it was a hoax the two cooked up to make themselves Internet famous, and that they were subsequently fired by Televisa as a result.
On Monday night, Reza and Tovar released a confusing video on Televisa’s YouTube page where they skirted whether or not the incident was real vs. planned, but downplayed any animosity between them, claiming that they’re basically BFF. Reza explains that they actually filmed the segment three weeks ago, and that they didn’t think it would ever blow up as it did.
Toward the end of the video, Tovar states that Televisa is not to blame because they were not a part of it. But after the video was published, Reza’s Facebook page told a completely different story, according to El País. After thanking people for their support, she said Televisa forced her to take blame for the sexual harassment she experienced. “Unfortunately in these situations, there is pressure from the company to say (or record) that I’m at fault, as others wash their hands of this,” she said.
Seriously? We already knew Televisa was gross, but this just makes an already disgusting moment for Reza even worse. Rather than sweeping the incident under the rug, Televisa should instead stand by Reza and tell the public they are committed to making sure women are treated appropriately in the workplace.