‘Sexy as F*ck’: Local Reporter Keeps Cool As Man Harasses Her With Sexist and Racist Catcalls


“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son,” Dean Wormer famously lectured the Delta fraternity brothers in the 1978 movie Animal House. Sexist, racist, and stupid isn’t a great life plan either, as a local reporter in Rochester, New York would likely agree after she was harassed on camera by an obnoxious man who walked by as she was setting up a live shot.

Spectrum News Rochester’s Brianna Hamblin was with her cameraman Scott Barstow in a residential neighborhood — not broadcasting live yet but the camera was recording as they prepared for the segment. A man walking down the sidewalk expressed his annoyance about not wanting to be on camera. After Barstow told him they weren’t live yet, the man said thank you and “you look nice” to Hamblin.

The second man who passed by was far less cordial.

“You’re beautiful as hell,” he said to Hamblin, who said “thank you” with a tight smile.

“I better not be on the motherfucking camera,” he said, asking why they were in the area. She replied that he should watch Spectrum News and find out.

“See, that’s why I can’t be left alone with a Black woman, or a mulatto chick,” the man said. “Because I can’t stand these fucking white girls.”

“Alright,” said Hamblin, looking at the camera. “We are done here. Have a great rest of your day.”

“You are sexy as fuck,” the man said, continuing to talk to himself as he walked away.

The camera zoomed in on Hamblin’s face. “Oh, my God,” she said.

Hamblin posted the video on her Twitter account in a thread that thanked Barstow for being there with her and called out how sadly common it was for female reporters, specifically women of color, to be harassed.

“There are a LOT of things wrong with this,” Hamblin wrote. “The audacity of the things men say to me never ceases to amaze me. What makes you think women want to be talked to that way? In no way is this endearing. It’s uncomfortable. It’s gross.” She also called out the “disgusting fetish based on stereotypes” shown by his comments.

UPDATE — 8:04 pm ET: Spectrum News said in a statement provided to Mediaite, “We are glad that Brianna wasn’t alone in the face of such adversity and we’ve never been more proud of her. She handled the situation impeccably, remaining calm and professional throughout. We want our employees to feel safe and are constantly working towards achieving that goal.”

Watch the video above, via Twitter.

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Sarah Rumpf joined Mediaite in 2020 and is a Contributing Editor focusing on politics, law, and the media. A native Floridian, Sarah attended the University of Florida, graduating with a double major in Political Science and German, and earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the UF College of Law. Sarah's writing has been featured at National Review, The Daily Beast, Reason, Law & Crime, Independent Journal Review, Texas Monthly, The Capitolist, Breitbart Texas, Townhall, RedState, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Austin-American Statesman, and her political commentary has led to appearances on the BBC, MSNBC, NewsNation, Fox 35 Orlando, Fox 7 Austin, The Young Turks, The Dean Obeidallah Show, and other television, radio, and podcast programs across the globe.