Samantha Bee Swipes at Ashleigh Banfield: ‘You’re Scaring the Shit Out of Me’
Samantha Bee hit hard against HLN host Ashleigh Banfield for her explosive comments about a recent report accusing Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct in a segment on Full Frontal.
On her Wednesday night show, Bee said that the conversation surrounding the Ansari story “has been tentative and difficult, largely because a lot of women disagree about it, and women actually like to be careful with each other’s feelings, except, perhaps, Ashleigh Banfield.”
After playing a clip of Banfield tearing into Ansari’s accuser on her own show on HLN, Bee claimed that “it’s harder than you think to leave when you’re uncomfortable or scared.”
“For example, you’re scaring the shit out of me right now, Ashleigh Banfield, and I can’t leave,” she quipped.
“All women have done throughout the four months of the #MeToo movement is protect other women,” Bee said, and that “literally nobody” is “putting rape and harassment and bad dates in one bucket.”
“What many fail to understand is that [an action] doesn’t have to be rape to ruin your life, and it doesn’t have to ruin your life to be worth speaking out about,” Bee continued, to applause from the audience. “Any kind of sexual harassment or coercion is unacceptable.”
“People like me had to wade through a sea of prehensile dicks to build the world we now enjoy,” Bee said. “Part of enjoying that world is setting a higher standard for sex than just not rape, and women get to talk about it when men don’t live up to those standards.”
Bee’s program Full Frontal airs on TBS, owned by Turner Broadcasting — which also happens to be the company that owns…HLN.
Watch above, via TBS.
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