Okay, so here’s the latest.
You remember on Monday when HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield utterly slammed the anonymous young woman who detailed Aziz Ansari’s date behavior that was either aggressively inappropriate or run-of-the-mill awkward, depending on whom you ask?
It seems the reporter of the anonymous woman’s story (Katie Way from a site called babe.net) sent Banfield’s bosses an email. And it’s a doozy.
“The reporter that wielded those powerful words sent some choice words my way,” Banfield introduces in a clip from Wednesday’s telecast (watch the video above). “I want to share this because I think this gives some insight into the caliber of the person who wielded that nuclear weapon at Aziz Ansari’s career. The caliber of this 22-year-old young women … I assume she fashions herself a feminist in this movement.”
Banfield reads: “‘Ashleigh — someone I assume 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…'”
Banfield concludes the clip angrily: “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 — for my highlights — I was brown-haired for a while when I was a war correspondent interviewing Yasser Arafat and in Afganistan, Iraq, Gaza, and the West Bank — Google those places. That’s not the way we have those conversations as women or as men. We don’t attack — as journalists — we do not attack for people for their age, or their highlights, or their lipstick. It is the most hypocritical thing a woman who says she supports the woman’s movement could ever do.”
The HLN host noted she only read a “slight part” of the email. More from the email was apparently given to Business Insider by babe.net for added context. The full email from Way declared Banfield’s original report “one of the lowest, most despicable things I’ve ever seen in my entire life … Ashleigh could have ‘talked’ to me. She could have ‘talked’ to my editor or my publication. But instead, she targeted a 23-year-old woman in one of the most vulnerable moments of her life, someone she’s never f—— met before, for a little attention … I would NEVER go on your network. I would never even watch your network. No woman my age would ever watch your network. I will remember this for the rest of my career — I’m 22 and so far, not too shabby! And I will laugh the day you fold…”
Previously, Banfield slammed the anonymous writer of the original piece: “Dear Grace (not your real name),” she began, using the woman’s pseudonym. “I’m sorry that you had a bad date. I have had a few myself. They stink.” She later added, “But let’s take a moment to reflect on what you claim was the ‘worst night of your life…’”