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Moderator at NY Senate Debate: ‘Have You Read Fifty Shades of Grey?’

Our fine, fine media: During a debate between U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and GOP challenger Wendy Long, moderator Liz Benjamin — a reporter from YNN from NY1 — asked rapid-fire yes/no questions in a lightning-round format, and then asked, “Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?”

The group, “Name It, Change It,” which fights what it sees as sexist stereotypes in campaign coverage, is appalled:

Would this question be asked if it had been a man standing at the podium? Why were these two professional and qualified women asked about a saucy romance novel? Not only did it unfairly trivialize an otherwise well-worded and intellectual match, but asking the candidates about such a sexually explicit novel is essentially asking them about their sexual interests?

If you’re not familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s about a young woman who, um . . . it’s about . . . um, why don’t you look it up yourself?


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