It’s feminist vs. feminist on the HLN network this week.
Host Ashleigh Banfield excoriated the 22-year-old reporter who was behind the breaking story about alleged sexual misconduct by comedian Aziz Ansari. She took time out on the network to read a personal attack made by the reporter, which included attacks on Banfield's age and looks — a big no-no for women trying to lift each other up in this #MeToo movement:
“I want to share this because I think this gives us an insight into the caliber of the person who held that nuclear weapon that was wielded on Ansari’s career. The caliber of this 22-year-old young woman.
“And I’m only going to read a slight part of her comments to me. And I assume she fashions herself a feminist in this movement:
‘Ashley, someone whom I’m certain no one under the age of 45 has ever heard of, I hope the 500 retweets on the single news write-up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second-wave feminist has-been, really relevant for a little while.’
“That’s from Katie Way who was on ‘CBS This Morning’ yesterday morning.”
After reading the hurtful comments, Banfield scolded Way, “If you truly believe in the #MeToo movement, if you truly believe in women’s rights, if you truly believe in feminism, the last thing you should do is attack someone in an ad hominem way for her age — I’m 50 — and for my highlights.”
Banfield’s spanking continued as she educated the young “reporter” that she used to have dark hair when she was in the Middle East as a war correspondent — a much different style of reporting than Way, the keyboard warrior, is used to.
“It is the most hypocritical thing a woman, who says she supports the woman’s movement, could ever do,” Banfield added.
Banfield also read an open letter to Ansari’s accuser, telling the woman her sexual encounter with the comedian sounded more like a bad date she later regretted rather than sexual assault: