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This Female Comedian Was Praised For Calling Out Sexual Harassment In Front Of An All-Male Panel

"Look at their faces. They do not get it."

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You've probably noticed that British politics has been engulfed by several sexual harassment scandals this week.


On Friday night, comedian Jo Brand presented BBC One's long-running topical panel show Have I Got News For You and had quite a lot to say on the topic.

The show featured an all-male panel, including Daily Mail journalist Quentin Letts, and were discussing the week's stories when regular panellist Ian Hislop described some of the claims being made as "not high-level crime ... compared to say Putin or Trump".

Over the past week, defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon stepped down after admitting his behaviour had "fallen short" of what was expected, MPs have been suspended by their own parties after allegations were made, and BuzzFeed News revealed how former Labour minister Ivan Lewis had apologised for his past behaviour to female colleagues.

Brand interjected to note "it doesn’t have to be high level for women to feel under siege."

Here’s the moment Jo Brand had to explain to the #HIGNFY panel that they should take sexual harassment seriously.

Brand's full quote:

"If I can just say, as the only representative of the female gender here today, I know it’s not high level, but it doesn’t have to be high level for women to feel under siege in somewhere like the House of Commons.

"And actually, for women, if you’re constantly being harassed, even in a small way, that builds up and that wears you down."

After Brand's comments were applauded by the audience, Hislop admitted: "As you point out, with four blokes sitting around you, we’re hardly in the position to say 'that's rubbish'."

Brand was praised online for the way she tackled the issue.

@iamjobrand Watching tonight's #hignfy and may I just say on behalf of all women....

Twitter / @sianushka / Via Twitter: @sianushka

I learned one of those odd laws of numbers from #Hignfy tonight - Jo Brand is marvellous by the exact amount that @Quentinletts is repellent

Thank fuck for Jo Brand on #hignfy. Or it would've been a bunch of blokes minimising, normalizing and laughing at sexual harassment 😐

Twitter / Sam Baker / Via Twitter: @SamBaker

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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