Sexually Explicit Taunts Must be Confronted, MacKay Says

May 13, 2015 Updated: May 13, 2015

OTTAWA—The federal justice minister is applauding the actions of a Toronto reporter who confronted a group of hecklers over a sexually explicit taunt.

Peter MacKay says while criminal charges could be used to discourage people from shouting profanities during live broadcasts, showcasing the problem also acts as a deterrent.

Over the weekend, CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt kept her camera rolling at a Toronto FC game when she confronted the hecklers after being subjected to the slur.

The footage set off widespread criticism of the men involved; one has already lost his six-figure job at Ontario utility Hydro One.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said that was the right move by the employer and congratulated Hunt for standing her ground and taking on the bullies.

Hunt has said the confrontation came after almost a year of nearly constant on-the-job harassment from members of the public.