A local reporter in Rochester, New York is being praised online for keeping her composure as she was harassed with sexist and racist comments by an obnoxious man while she was on camera.
Spectrum News 1’s Brianna Hamblin was setting up a live shot with her cameraman Scott Barstow when a man walked down the street began talking to Hamblin.
A man walking down the sidewalk announced that he did not want to be on camera. After Barstow told him they weren’t live yet, the man thanked her and said ‘you look nice.’
A second man walking in the residential neighborhood then took the supposed compliments too far.
Local reporter Brianna Hamblin is being praised online for keeping her composure as she was harassed with sexist and racist comments
While setting up her live shot, the Spectrum News 1 reporter had a ‘disgusting’ encounter with a stranger who was walking in the residential neighborhood
WARNING: CRUDE LANGUAGE
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. This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this. pic.twitter.com/5Ok58Vm7e0
— Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
‘You’re beautiful as hell,’ he said to Hamblin, who said ‘thank you’ with a tight smile.
‘I better not be on the motherf*cking camera,’ he said, asking why they were in the area to which she replied that he should watch Spectrum News and find out.
‘See, that’s why I can’t be left alone with a Black woman, or a mulatto chick,’ the man said. ‘Because I can’t stand these f*cking white girls.’
‘Alright,’ said Hamblin, looking at the camera. ‘We are done here. Have a great rest of your day.’
‘You are sexy as f*ck,’ the man said, continuing to talk to himself as he walked away. Barstow zoomed in on Hamblin’s face as she takes in the situation ‘Oh, my God.’
Hamblin posted the video of the ‘uncomfortable encounter’ on her Twitter account on Friday in a thread explaining how often these situations occur to her as a woman reporter out in the field and thanking her co-worker Barstow for being there.
The Rochester reporter posted the video of the ‘uncomfortable’ encounter on Twitter
Her Twitter thread went viral amassing 148.6K likes and 29.2K retweets in a day
She explained how often these encounters happen to her while on the job
Other women commented on her tweets sharing their own stories of harassment
Twitter users also praised Hamblin’s composure as she passes through the situation with a tight smile telling the man to go find a TV to tune into the news
After the man walks far enough away, the local reporter is tense as she exclaims ‘Oh, my God’
She also pointed to her co-worker and camera man Scott Barstow who helped her to feel some sense of safety in the situation
The Twitter thread opened a conversation about the harassment women- and Black women- working in the media industry receive
‘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. This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this.’
‘1.If you don’t want to be on camera, simply avoid it or ask nicely to not be on camera. Don’t walk towards it or make a scene. Who said this was about you?’
‘2.’Oh, men these days just can’t give compliments.’ No. The first man’s ‘you look nice’ as he continued to walk away is fine. It’s the 2nd man who took this to another disgusting level it didn’t need to be.’
‘3.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.’
‘4.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.’
Spectrum News commented on the situation expressing pride in their reporter’s behavior during the difficult situation
After thanking Barstow she ended the thread writing, ‘Thank you to all who have said such kind things to me. I see it and I appreciate it so much. To all the women who related to this, I’m sorry and want to give you a big virtual hug. Thank you for sharing your own experiences too so men realize how common and unwanted this is.’
Hamblin’s thread went viral amassing 148.6K likes and 29.2K retweets in a day. She is being praised online for keeping her composure as other women have commented on her thread sharing their own stories of harassment.
Spectrum News commented on Hamblin’s ‘disgusting’ encounter telling Mediaite, ‘We are glad that Brianna wasn’t alone in the face of such adversity and we’ve never been more proud of her. She handled the situation impeccably, remaining calm and professional throughout. We want our employees to feel safe and are constantly working towards achieving that goal.’
Unfortunately as Hamblin explained in her Twitter thread, sexual harassment is a common occurrence for most women. According to new data from U.N. Women, 97% of women aged 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces, and more than 70% of women of all ages have been harassed.