As the reality of sexual harassment continues to creep to the forefront of the American consciousness, many artists are working hard to educate people about what those words actually mean—or at least what they look like in real life.
Actor David Schwimmer, who you know as Ross from the ’90s sitcom “Friends”, and director and screenwriter Sigal Avin debuted a series of PSAs last year called #ThatsHarassment that have been picked up for distribution. Each of the five short films chronicles a real incident in which a woman is sexually harassed.
One of the films centers on the relationship between two bartenders. While sexual harassment has been well-documented in the service industry, this video was particularly chilling. A male bartender (Joseph Sikora) trains a new female colleague behind the stick, explaining to her the different types of harassment she (Grace Gummer) can expect while on the job. His explanations turn to demonstrations, which quickly cross the line into harassment.
The film is tough to watch, whether you’re in the service industry or not. That said, it might be just the thing bar owners across America should be playing during staff orientation.
And while this video focuses on the relationship between co-workers, we know very well that bartenders receive plenty of sexual harassment from inebriated customers, as well.
Edited versions of the full films are available on YouTube and will soon be shown on TV and digital outlets including Fox, Showtime, CBS, Hulu and Amazon, as well as in New York City taxis.