Comedian and TV host, Jo Brand, expertly shut down a panel of four men as she presented current affairs panel show, Have I Got News For You.
During the show, Jo was forced to step in and remind the panel ‘no case of sexual harassment was insignificant’ after a comment made by team captain, Ian Hislop.
Also appearing on Friday night’s show was team captain Paul Merton, as well as journalist Quentin Letts and actor Miles Jupp.
As more allegations of sexual harassment in Hollywood and in UK politics came to light this week, the popular BBC current affairs programme understandably began discussing that fact MP Michael Fallon had stepped down as Defence Secretary.
Fallon has this week been accused of sexually harassing Julia Hartley Brewer by allegedly putting his hands on her knee.
Hislop asked ‘what else Fallon had done’, as Hartley Brewer had said she didn’t care about the incident.
To which Letts said:
Hartley Brewer, big strong girl.
Jo, clearly and understandably unimpressed, cutting in added:
She’s a woman Quentin, not a girl.
During the programme, Letts also came to the conclusion the Westminster situation ‘wasn’t a sex scandal because there was no sex’. Wow.
And that wasn’t the worst of it, Hislop described an incident of harassment where an MP took his personal trainer to the cinema as ‘not some high level crime, not compared to Putin or Trump’.
Brand told Hislop:
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 it wears you down.
The audience began applauding, and Jo added: ‘Sorry, I thought I was on Question Time for a minute.’
Hislop then said:
I do point out, with four blokes sitting around you, we’re hardly in the position to say ‘that’s rubbish’.
Here’s the moment, see for yourself:
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As viewers watched the episode, which aired on BBC One on Friday evening, they took to Twitter to thank Jo Brand for ‘standing up for that subtle and pervasive undermining of women in the workplace’.
Another added: ‘Jo Brand! Switching it up & dumbfounding the patriarchy with reality. Speak truth to power!’
Leader of the UK Women’s Equality Party, Sophie Walker, tweeted: ‘Presents one woman explaining sexual harassment to four white men who still think it’s bantz.’
And The Times’ Caitlin Moran said: ‘YES YES YES YES. Enjoy: faces of men learning something.’
— Rebecca Sarah (@rebeccasaz) November 3, 2017
Bloody love Jo Brand. Look at their faces. They do not get it. https://t.co/SH3P7XGG0o
— sam baker (@SamBaker) November 4, 2017
Think #HIGNFY may regret having 4 blokes try to make light of the recent sex scandal, Jo Brand doing a good job of putting them straight
— Ollie Pope (@Ollieargyle9) November 3, 2017
— Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) November 4, 2017
Well done to Jo Brand for standing up to 4 male panelists making light of sexual harassment cases on Have I Got News For You.
— Beth Parkes (@bethhparkes) November 3, 2017
JO BRAND!!! Switching it up & dumbfounding the patriarchy with reality. Speak truth to power! ???❤️??? Their faces… ??♀️?? https://t.co/GNmNvlxlgi
— Le Gateau Chocolat (@LeGateauChoc) November 4, 2017
Loving Jo Brand tonight #hignfy excellent smackdown to the 100% male panel
— Trina O'Driscoll (@trinaod) November 3, 2017
— Louise Atkinson (@MsLouAtkinson) November 3, 2017
Thank fuck for Jo Brand on #hignfy. Or it would've been a bunch of blokes minimising, normalizing and laughing at sexual harassment ?
— Rosalynd Southern (@rv_southern) November 3, 2017
All three male panelists had the opportunity to call out Quentin Letts's comments, but all three waited for Jo Brand to do it #HIGNFY
— Chloë Reeves (@Chl0eReeves) November 3, 2017
I love Jo Brand. She is a very good example of a very good human being. https://t.co/evLgWEtsgx
— Robin Ince (@robinince) November 4, 2017
#hignfy Well said Jo Brand. I don't think men will ever understand the build up of their 'low level' crimes against women.
— Kirsten Fisher (@Quirkyfish) November 3, 2017
Fallon resigned on Wednesday saying he had ‘fallen below the high standards’ required of the armed forces.
A third allegation was made against him this week, after he apologised for putting his hand on Hartley-Brewer’s knee during a Tory party conference 15 years ago.
He was accused of making lewd remarks to his Cabinet colleague Andrea Leadsom, allegations he denies.