Fans Believe 5SOS Were Sexually Harassed During This Inappropriate Interview

4 April 2018, 12:43

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

This is so unprofessional.

5 Seconds Of Summer are working hard at promoting their upcoming album. They'll be doing many interviews over the coming months, but we can only hope that the rest of their promo tour is nothing like this recent interview with r101, a radio station in Italy.

5SOS fans were appalled, following an interview of the boys essentially being harassed live on air.

The interview starts to go off the rails when the journalist begins getting touchy with the group, sitting in their laps and asking for help undoing her top. Of course, the full car crash moment arrives when she is able to remove her shirt completely. She then starts urging the boys to remove their jackets and shirts, as well.

If this seems super unprofessional to you, that's because it is.

Needless to say 5SOS fans were not impressed with this host's behaviour.

One troubling part of the video is just how visibly uncomfortable the band looks. They came to promote their music and now they're being asked to unbutton a host's top. Even if you're not a huge 5SOS fan, it's a difficult interview to watch.

The video feels like the station was planning a stunt that would go "viral", but it's clear they missed the mark.

This is harassment, plain and simple. Our culture is only just starting to think carefully about how women are treated in the entertainment industry, but we have to remember that women can also be perpetrators of inappropriate behavior. If this were a man doing this to Fifth Harmony or Little Mix, people would be outraged, and rightly so.

Everyone has a right to show up for work and be treated with respect and kindness. Just because these were men, doesn't mean the situation wasn't disastrous and unprofessional.