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Saskatoon news anchor ridiculed for unintentional sexual gesture on-air Add to ...

Most people tune into local TV newscasts for news, weather and sports but an unintentional sexual gesture by a female anchor on a Saskatoon morning show has set tongues wagging.

Earlier this week, Global Saskatoon Morning News anchor Lisa Dutton attempted to dispense some helpful advice to new mothers for their teething babies. A mother herself, Dutton explained how her own young son would chew on a vibrating toothbrush to soothe his aching gums and made the gesture of putting a toothbrush in her mouth and moving it up and down.

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And Dutton’s improvised, non-teleprompter-assisted patter didn’t help matters one bit. “He took the big, fat rubber end of my vibrating toothbrush and put it in his mouth,” said Dutton. The video pretty much speaks for itself.

But Dutton clearly did not realize the suggestive implications of her gesture and finished the segment without a hitch. The video has since been viewed nearly 200,000 times and has become one of the most-viewed moments on the YouTube channel NewsFunnies. Dutton’s gaffe has also generated ample coverage on several Canadian news outlets, most noting that the video of her gesture is NSFW

This is not Ms. Dutton’s first on-air gaffe of a sexual nature. Last February, NewsFunnies posted a video of the anchor reporting on a Saskatoon sausage-making competition. Tickets for the event were available from an online service called Picatic.com, which resulted in an awkward Freudian slip by Dutton. On this occasion, she realized the mistake and insisted that she and her co-anchor were not drinking before the newscast.

In the case of the toothbrush demonstration, the watch-factor stems almost entirely from the incredulous reaction by Dutton’s co-host, weather special Kevin Stanfield , who instantly grins like a frat boy and looks at the cameraman as if to say, “Are you getting this?”

And unavoidably, most of the coverage puts Dutton – whose Twitter descriptor says, “If it’s on a teleprompter, I will read it”– in a decidedly negative light. But were broadcast standards breached in either of her TV mishaps? When is it appropriate to shoot the TV messenger when accidents occur on-air?

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