Local New York reporter keeps her calm when an obnoxious man harasses her while she’s in front of the camera
A local reporter in Rochester, New York is being credited online for keeping her cool when she was harassed with sexist and racist comments by an obnoxious man while in front of the camera.
Brianna Hamblin of Spectrum News 1 was doing a live recording with her cameraman Scott Barstow when a man on the street started 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 good.”
A second man walking in the residential area then went too far in the alleged compliments.
Local reporter Brianna Hamblin is praised online for keeping her cool while being harassed with sexist and racist comments
While setting up her live recording, the Spectrum News 1 reporter had a ‘disgusting’ encounter with a stranger walking in the residential area
“You’re beautiful as hell,” he said to Hamblin, who said “thank you” with a tight smile.
“I better not be on the fucking camera,” he said, asking why they were around to which she replied that he should watch Spectrum News to find out.
“Look, that’s why I can’t be left alone with a black woman, or a mulatto chick,” said the man. “Because I can’t stand those damn white girls.”
“Okay,” Hamblin said, looking at the camera. ‘We’re done here. Have a nice rest of your day.’
“You’re 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 took in the “Oh, my God” situation.
Hamblin posted the video of the “awkward encounter” on her Twitter account on Friday in a thread explaining how often these situations occur to her as a female reporter in the field and thanked her colleague Barstow for being there.
The Rochester reporter posted the video of the ‘uncomfortable’ encounter on Twitter
Her Twitter thread went viral, racking up 148.6K likes and 29.2K retweets in one day
She explained how often these encounters happen to her at work
Other women responded to her tweets and shared their own stories of harassment
Twitter users also praised Hamblin’s composure as she walks through the situation with a tight smile and the man says he should find a TV to tune in to the news
After the man runs far enough away, the local reporter is tense as she exclaims, ‘Oh, my God’
She also pointed to her colleague and cameraman Scott Barstow, who helped her feel safe in the situation
The Twitter thread opened up a conversation about the harassment of women and black women who work in the media industry
“Being beaten and harassed, especially as a female reporter in the field, happens so often that you either learn to deal with it or ignore it. This time it was recorded just seconds before my hit. A LOT of things are wrong with this.’
‘1.If you don’t want to be in front of the camera, just avoid it or kindly ask not to be on the camera. Don’t walk up to it or make a scene out of it. Who said this was about you?’
“2. “Oh, men just can’t give compliments these days.” New. The “you look good” from the first guy as he kept walking away is fine. It’s the 2nd guy who took this to another disgusting level that wasn’t necessary.’
‘3. The brutality of the things men say to me never ceases to amaze me. Why do you think women want to be addressed that way? This is in no way endearing. It’s uncomfortable. It is dirty.’
‘4. Being a black woman in this industry has its own headache, but it is NEVER okay to “praise” one group of women for the sake of “praising” another group. It just shows you have a disgusting fetish based on stereotypes, which is just as racist.”
Spectrum News commented on the situation and expressed pride in their reporter’s behavior during the difficult situation
After thanking Barstow, she ended the thread by writing, “Thank you to everyone who has said such kind things to me. I see it and really appreciate it. To all the women involved with this, I’m sorry and want to give you a big virtual hug. Thank you for sharing your own experiences too, so that men realize how common and undesirable this is.’
Hamblin’s thread went viral, garnering 148.6K likes and 29.2K retweets in one day. She has been praised online for keeping her cool, as other women have commented on her thread, sharing their own stories of harassment.
Spectrum News commented on Hamblin .’s ‘disgusting’ meeting Mediate“We’re glad Brianna wasn’t the only one with such adversity and we’ve never been so proud of her. She handled the situation impeccably and remained calm and professional the entire time. We want our employees to feel safe and we are continuously working towards that goal.’