A New York TV reporter is speaking out after an onlooker made sexist and racist remarks about her as she prepared to go on air.
On Friday, Spectrum News reporter Brianna Hamblin and her cameraman Scott Barstow were getting prepared for a live broadcast. A man walked past Hamblin and stated that he didn’t want to be on camera while telling Hamblin, “You look nice.” Hamblin responded to the gentleman by saying, “Thank you.”
Another man walked past and told Hamblin that she was “beautiful as hell,” to which Hamblin responded again with a “thank you.” He then cursed at Hamblin and Barstow, saying, “I better not be on motherf***ing camera,” and asked why were they in the area. Hamblin replied by telling him to watch Spectrum News to find out.
The man proceeded to go on a racist tirade: “See, that’s why I can’t be left alone with a black woman, or a mulatto chick. Because I can’t stand these f***ing white girls.” After Hamblin cut the man off, he called her “sexy as f***.”
Hamblin posted the video to her Twitter page in a thread that explained her feelings about the entire situation.
“Being hit on and harassed as a woman, especially as a woman reporter out in the field, happens so often you learn how to roll with it or ignore it,” Hamblin wrote. “This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this.”
“The audacity of the things men say to me never ceases to amaze me. What makes you think women want to be talked to that way? In no way is this endearing. It’s uncomfortable. It’s gross,” Hamblin continued. “Being a Black woman in this industry has its own headaches but talking down on one group of women to “praise” another group is NEVER okay. It just shows you have a disgusting fetish based on stereotypes, which is just as racist.”
Hamblin ended the thread by thanking Barstow for being there during the ordeal.
A number of Twitter users, mainly women, commented by praising Hamblin for the way she handled the man’s derogatory remarks.
One Twitter user said, “You handled it admirably, lady. Sorry that was the start to your day.”
Another person tweeted: “This is so gross. Why do men feel so entitled to talk about us this way. You handled it with the utmost grace and professionalism, but you shouldn’t have to deal with this. No one should. Ugh.”
Newsweek reached out to Brianna Hamblin for comment but did not receive a response before publication time.
The post New York TV Reporter Catcalled While Preparing for Report, Video Seen 300K Times appeared first on Newsweek.