Brianna Hamblin, a local news
reporter in New York
, posted a video on Twitter
on Friday showing the moments she was sexually harassed while reporting.
Hamblin, who works for Spectrum News 1 in Rochester
, was seen on camera enduring harassment from men walking by moments before she was about to begin her
As Hamblin tries to return to her job, she is approached by another man who walks out of frame but lingers nearby.
“You’re as beautiful as hell,” he says to the reporter, prompting a visibly uncomfortable Hamblin to respond by encouraging him to “go find a TV and watch
However, the man, who appears white, continues to harass Hamblin by making fetishistic remarks about her Blackness and using a racist
term to describe biracial people
“See, that’s why I can’t be alone with a Black woman... or a ‘mulatto’ chick, because I can’t stand these fucking white girls,” he says.
“All right, we're done here,” Hamblin says, attempting to defuse the situation. “Have a wonderful rest of your day.”
“Oh my God,” she exclaims, her gaze fixed on the camera.
The following is an exchange:
WARNING: CRUDE LANGUAGEBeing hit on and harassed as a woman, especially as a female reporter out in the field, happens so frequently that you learn to roll with it or ignore it. This time
, it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this. pic.twitter.com/5Ok58Vm7e0 — Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
In a series of tweets, Hamblin addressed the incident, saying that being harassed as a female reporter "happens so frequently that you learn how to roll with it or ignore it."
“This time, it was recorded only seconds before my hit,” she added.
1.If you don't want to be on camera, simply avoid it or politely request that you not be on camera. Don't walk towards it or make a scene. — Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
2.“Oh, men these days just can't give compliments.” No, the first man's "you look nice" as he continued to walk away is fine
; it's the second man who took it to a disgusting level it didn't need to be. — Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
3.The audacity of what men say to me never ceases to amaze me; what makes you think women want to be talked to in this manner? It's not endearing; it's uncomfortable; it's gross
. — Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
In subsequent tweets, Hamblin noted that the second man, in particular, used "disgusting" language toward her, describing the situation as "uncomfortable" and "gross."
“Being a Black woman in this industry has its own headaches, but talking down on one group of women in order to ‘praise’ another group is NEVER okay,” she later added, “it just shows you have a disgusting fetish based on stereotypes
, which is just as racist.”
Later, Hamblin expressed gratitude for the presence of her colleague, Scott Barstow, noting that she frequently faces harassment when working alone.
“It’s not safe; it’s frightening, but that discussion about the dangers of reporters working alone is for another day,” she added.
A request for comment from Spectrum News was not immediately returned.
After recounting her experience on Twitter, Hamblin received widespread support, with many women sharing their own experiences with similar harassment in a variety
I'm sorry you have to deal
with this in any way; you're an excellent reporter; thank you! — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) July 24, 2021
I've seen, read, and heard some of the things you deal with, but I'm guessing I only know 5% of it, and that 5% is enough to drive me away. You're way stronger than I am. Sorry doesn't begin to cut it. — Andrew Baglini (@AndrewBaglini4) July 24, 2021
— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 23, 2021
Women are well aware of the harassment that other women face in the workplace
, but not everyone recognizes that Black women
can be targeted and put in an even more vulnerable position. As colleagues, we must be more vigilant and do a better job of keeping an eye out. — JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) July 23, 2021
To anyone who is surprised by this behavior, please know that it does not surprise a single female reporter; it happens all the time. — Lynnanne Nguyen (@LynnanneFOX4) July 24, 2021
— Blair Sabol (@BlairSabolTV) July 23, 2021
On Saturday, Hamblin expressed gratitude to her Twitter followers, writing, "I see it, and I appreciate it so much."
“I'm sorry and want to give you a big virtual hug,” she added, “and thank you for sharing your own experiences as well so men realize how common and unwanted this is.”
Thank you to everyone who has said nice things to me; I see it and appreciate it a lot. To all the women who have related to this, I apologize and want to give you a big virtual hug. Thank you for sharing your own experiences as well, so men understand how common and unwanted this is — Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 24, 2021