No one criticizes Ashleigh Banfield‘s “burgundy lipstick” and gets away with it!
As we reported on Monday, the host of Crime & Justice RIPPED into babe‘s Aziz Ansari sexual misconduct piece, saying the anonymous accuser — known simply as “Grace” — is actually hurting the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements with her accusations.
Apparently, a producer tried to get the writer of the controversial story, Katie Way, on the HLN show, but they apparently received a vicious, insulting email in return!
On Tuesday’s episode, the anchor actually reads part of Way’s reported email to paint a picture of the kind of person she is. Banfield recites:
“Ashleigh, someone who I am certain nobody under the age of 45 has heard of, I hope the 500 retweets on the single news write up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, secondwave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while.”
The 50-year-old then SLAMS the babe reporter for the below the belt jabs:
“The reason I want to share that is because if you truly believe in the #MeToo movement, if you truly believe in women’s rights, 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, and for my highlights… We do not attack people for their age, or their highlights or their lipstick because it is the most hypocritical thing a woman who says she supports the women’s movement could ever do and that’s the caliber of the woman who was given all of this power and was able to wield this power.”
Watch the clip and read the FULL email (below)!!
Tonight on @CrimeJusticeHLN, @TVAshleigh speaks out on behalf of journalism and women’s rights amid @azizansari‘s accuser sparking #MeToo backlash. https://t.co/QzHHqRHRox
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ HLN Public Relations (@HLNPR) January 17, 2018
The full email — which was obtained by Business Insider on Wednesday — can be read (below):
“It’s an unequivocal no from me. The way your colleague Ashleigh (?), someone I’m certain no one under the age of 45 has ever heard of, by the way, ripped into my source directly was one of the lowest, most despicable things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Shame on her. Shame on HLN. 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 fucking met before, for a little attention. I hope the ratings were worth it! I hope the ~500 RTs on the single news write-up made that burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist has-been feel really relevant for a little while. She DISGUSTS me, and I hope when she has more distance from the moment she has enough of a conscience left to feel remotely ashamed ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ doubt it, but still. Must be nice to piggyback off of the fact that another woman was brave enough to speak up and add another dimension to the societal conversation about sexual assault. Grace wouldn’t know how that feels, because she struck out into this alone, because she’s the bravest person I’ve ever met. 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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I’m 22 and so far, not too shabby! And I will laugh the day you fold. If you could let Ashleigh know I said this, and that she is no-holds-barred the reason, it’d be a real treat for me.
[Image via HLN Public Relations/YouTube.]