NEW YORK: Brianna Hamblin, a television news reporter from Rochester, New York’s Spectrum News 1, posted a Twitter video today that showed her being catcalled and abused while on the job. The incidents prompted a series of supportive responses from others in the news business who have undergone similar harassments.
Hamblin was about to begin a standup on a local healthy meals program for kids this summer. But just before she was ready to begin her report, several male passersby started commeting.
“You look nice, by the way,” --- said one man, who then walked away. But as Hamblin attempted to resume, another man started in.
“You’re beautiful as hell,” --- he said to Hamblin.
She tried to turn the uncomfortable moment around, telling him, “Go find a TV and watch Spectrum News.”
But the man continued his comments, making several racially-tinged comments that escalated into a diatribe against white women.
“All right, we are done here,” --- Hamblin said, ending the confrontation. “Have a great rest of your day.”
“Oh my God,” she said after the moment, looking into the camera.
Watch out Brianna's Tweet below:
WARNING: CRUDE LANGUAGE— Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
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
In her last tweet, Brianna gave her wishes and thank you to all who appreciate it that much and gave a virtual hug.