Today In Flaming Messes: The Writer Of The Aziz Ansari Story Is Beefing With Ashleigh Banfield Of HLN
Over the weekend, a site called Babe.net (which, contrary to my first guess, isn’t a soft-core porn site devoted to pigs from Australia) posted a piece from a writer named Katie Way about a young woman, going by the name Grace, who went on a shitty date with 34-year-old Aziz Ansari. The date ended with her using a Chore Boy to scrub the thick layer of ICK off of her. Grace, who was 22 at the time, said that Aziz pressured her into having sex even though she let him know with her words and body language that she didn’t want to go there. Allison covered the entire story if you missed it.
Grace’s story brought out many different opinions, of course. Some praised Grace for telling her story since they felt men need to take a crash course at The Learning Annex on How To Fucking Get A Clue. Some felt that Babe.net was shamelessly trying to get clicks by naming Aziz Ansari in a piece that was basically revenge porn. Others felt it was wrong of Babe.net to inject a story about a bad date into the same vein as the #MeToo movement. HLN host Ashleigh Banfield is with the second and third group and she shared her thoughts on her show Crime & Justice.
A producer from Crime & Justice e-mailed Katie Way to invite her to come onto the show. Katie didn’t give a simple “no.” She gave a “no” and followed it with a mega junior high school dragging that I’m surprised didn’t end with her saying, “Oh, and that Ashleigh bitch has totally got split ends. Gross!” Katie made it clear that she will never share screen time with that bad highlights-having, burgundy lipstick-wearing nobody old hag! I know, what did burgundy lipstick do to anybody…besides make them look like a chola vampire (which is always a good thing, by the way)?
On Ashleigh’s show on Monday, she delivered an open letter to Grace, where she said that Grace wasn’t raped, or sexually harassed and Grace could’ve left Aziz’s place at any time but didn’t. What Grace had was a bad date and bad sex and it didn’t affect her job or send her to the police. Ashleigh went at Grace for possibly damaging a movement that she and women everywhere have been waiting for. Ashleigh dramatically looked into the camera and told Grace that if she was raped or sexually harassed, she needs to go to the police and should speak out. But her own words make it seem like she just had a crap date and is wrong for trying to take Aziz Ansari down because of it. Ashleigh finished reading Grace by saying that the only thing Aziz deserves is a bad case of blue balls, not a Hollywood blackball. I groaned at that, but I’ve written much worse.
Ashleigh got a lot of attention for her reading of Grace, so the producers decided to try to keep that attention coming by asking Katie Way to be on. That’s when 22-year-old Katie behaved like a true serious journalist by spitting at Ashleigh’s grizzled old burgundy-lipstick covered has-been face. Katie also said that she can’t wait for the day when HLN tanks thanks to Ashleigh. Business Insider got a copy of the e-mail that Katie Way hit Ashleigh’s producer with. Who knew that the cunt plug sorority sister of 2013 went on to become a writer for Babe.net?
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
It didn’t end there, Ashleigh brought up and responded to Katie’s love letter to her. Here’s most of what she said on her show:
“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. I was brown-haired for a while when I was a war corresponded interviewing Yasser Arafat, and in Afghanistan and Iraq, Gaza and the West Bank. Google those places. That is not the way we have this conversation as women or men. AS JOURNALISTS, let’s be frank. 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.”
I don’t know how she did it, but Ashleigh Banfield found a way to quote Sally O’Malley (I’m FIFTY!) and Courtenay Semel (Google me, you dumb fuck!) in one statement. And here’s the video of Ashleigh’s response, and yes, I said “ad homo who?” out loud when she used the fancy phrase “ad hominem.”
— HLN Public Relations (@HLNPR) January 17, 2018
What a disaster…
But you know, it could’ve been worse for Katie Way. She could’ve sent that email to a different HLN host. Nancy Grace had a show on HLN once, and imagine if Katie Way sent her that kind of letter. Katie would be on her way to the “other side,” because Nancy Grace would’ve pulled her through the TV and dragged her off to hell. We all know that Nancy Grace is really a Poltergeist.