Yesterday CNN's Fredricka Whitfield held a discussion about Hollaback's catcalling video, which has sparked a huge conversation about street harassment. She invited comedian Amanda Seales, and self-described "Bad Boy" author Steven Santagati, author of The Manual, which apparently teaches women about the 'bad boy' in every man. So I guess this interview went as expected. That is, eye-and-ear-stabbingly awful.
Right off the bat, when Seales explains that the video was similar to her daily life, Santagati responds, "Nice." It goes downhill from there, which is already below sea level.
"I'm a guy and I know how we think," Santagati said. "The bottom line is this, ladies: you would not care if all these guys were hot. They would be bolstering your self-esteem bolstering your ego. There's nothing more than a woman loves to hear than how pretty she is."
Excuse me while I projectile vomit. Seales calls him out stupendously, but sanity and rationality does not exactly prevail in this situation. Santagani goes on to claim that feminists (which he states using air quotes, bless him) have an à la carte approach to street harassment and therefore it could be argued that it's abuse when women don't holler at men on the street because they didn't bolster men's egos. Yeah. That's the level of dipshittery we're dealing with. Seales brilliantly responds:
"You really should just be embracing and welcoming to the fact that women are saying, 'Hey, we don't like this,' not arguing why we shouldn't. If we say we don't like it and we are demonstrating that, you as a man of honor should be discussing how we can make you more comfortable."
He goes on to advise women to stand up for themselves, and when Seales informed him that that is in fact DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN BECAUSE IT IS AS WE HAVE LEARNED TIME AND TIME AGAIN JESUS CHRIST ON A BIKE PEOPLE, he suggested that women "carry a gun" before talking about how too many people are having kids and not raising them properly.
It's basically in exercise in rage and eye rolling, but Amanda Seales' facial expressions are spot on and will keep you afloat through the interview. No seriously, they will: