Aziz Ansari Article Writer Strikes Back

Writer Katie Way went after HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield to defend her article about Aziz Ansari. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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“Ashleigh Banfield admonished a writer who lashed out after Banfield criticized the site’s recent story detailing a complicated sexual encounter between actor and comedian Aziz Ansari and an anonymous New York photographer.

During her show on Tuesday, the Headline News anchor read an email she said she received from Babe reporter Katie Way — who broke the Ansari story — after Banfield delivered a monologue on Monday critiquing the article, saying it endangered the #MeToo movement on sexual harassment and sexism.

“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,” Banfield read from Way’s email.

She added, “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.”

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.”

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