HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield kicked one hell of a hornet’s nest when she criticized the now-infamous Babe.net piece about Aziz Ansari, a piece that many people felt smacked of glorified revenge porn. Yesterday, on her show, Banfield shared snippets from a nasty email sent to her by Katie Way, the Babe.net reporter responsible for the story.
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In an email to Business Insider, Babe editor Amanda Ross pointed out that the comments Banfield read on air were “a fraction” of what Way sent to the anchor after an HLN producer asked her to come on the show to discuss the story.
And pointing that out was supposed to make Way’s actions better somehow?
— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) January 17, 2018
It’s pretty damn terrible:
Here's the full email the https://t.co/YZ14Jca6FS reporter who wrote the Aziz Ansari story sent when asked to go on HLN with @TVAshleigh. It is really something.https://t.co/qTca5xA9m0 pic.twitter.com/usZBm0KnIr
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) January 17, 2018
She seems nice. https://t.co/3IVoIbuLuN
— Jim Antle (@jimantle) January 17, 2018
— Clint Skog (@cliffyskogs) January 17, 2018
It shocks me both that:
1. Babe editors thought the full email was somehow better than the snippets Ashleigh read on air.
2. They read the email and are *still defending her*.
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 17, 2018
We’re not seeing much to defend about that email. And we’re definitely not alone.
Does this young woman not have a mentor? Or a friend? Or anybody who might suggest that “hey, this is not a great email for you to send” or something? https://t.co/372lKJpzwL
— Elise Terry (@elisecterry) January 17, 2018
This is one of those emails that would be better saved in drafts.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 17, 2018
Here’s a great lesson on never hitting send on an email when you’re mad.
— MagnoliaPeach (@magnoliapeach) January 17, 2018
Yikes. Short and sweet would have been the way to decline the interview request.
— Alex Demers (@alexdemers) January 17, 2018
— Josh (@RCTILJH) January 17, 2018
Jfc…. just wow.
— kathleen sg (@kathleensiwikgo) January 17, 2018
what an asshole pic.twitter.com/RAqc3Qf0bj
— drew olanoff (@yoda) January 17, 2018
"I am 22 and so far, not too shabby!" Holy shitballs, Batman. https://t.co/7oGCsRfko6
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) January 17, 2018
The reporter Way, has no chops. Seems intent on swearing her way through her defense.
— Tim Roesler (@TimRoesler) January 17, 2018
If a girl who complained about a bad date with a comedian is the bravest person you've ever met, you haven't met many people because you're just a child. https://t.co/8Ygv2hfA91
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) January 17, 2018
LOL, I'm not a woman, but I am almost positive that when you are trying to make a strong feminist point, this is not the way to go after your older female opponent: pic.twitter.com/tKCwsOiyFd
— John Deau (@jdeau9) January 17, 2018
Insulting a woman for her age and "burgundy lipstick bad highlights"? Way to really feminism there, hon. https://t.co/5kKU2fo3N8
— Kristen Soltis Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) January 17, 2018
Uhhhh wave goodbye to your 15 minutes of fame Katie
— Norma (@norma_demby) January 17, 2018