News anchor spectacularly takes down male panellist over sexist underwear jibe

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Most of us have had to take on a hopelessly outdated or creepily sexist figure at some point in our lives.

This is, after all, a world where employers can still legally demand women wear high heels to work and thousands of people every year face maternity leave discrimination.

So, we were cheering from the sidelines as TV anchor Faye D’Souza confronted her own nemesis in spectacular style this week.

D’Souza, the editor of the Mirror Now news channel in India, was chairing a heated debate about actress Priyanka Chopra on live TV when the incident unfolded.

The star, who has 18million followers on Instagram, was trolled for wearing a short white dress in a meeting with the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi. At the same time, actress Fatima Sana Shaikh also faced online abuse for wearing a swimsuit during Ramadan.

As the live TV discussion got underway, one of the guests – Islamic cleric Maulana Yasoob – argued that the trolls were right to behave as they did. Adding insult to injury, he then compared the actresses’ conduct to anchor D’Souza turning up to work in her underwear and expecting equality.

D’Souza – a badge-carrying feminist who is “passionate about progress of women investors” – was having none of it.

“Give me two minutes of silence on the panel,” she said, before launching into her deftly articulated comeback.

“Maulana threatened me to show up to my work place in my underwear because I want to be equal to men,” she said. “This is my temple, this is my workplace.

“He hopes that he will rile me up. He hopes that I will throw a fit, and lose control of my panel – and that I will forget how to do my job. Let me tell you Maulana, I have seen lots of men like you. I am not afraid of you, I am not threatened by you, and I am not rattled by you.

“You threatened me with something so cheap, you tried to rattle me when I’m doing my job,” she continued. “All you men think if you rattle all women when they’re doing their jobs, that they will run back into their kitchens and cover themselves up, and leave the world for you again to conquer.

“Well I have news for you – we are not going anywhere,” she concluded. “Yes, this is a channel run by a woman. And no – this is not a woman you can easily rattle.”

As impromptu speeches go, it’s right up there with the greatest and packs a powerful punch. Watch the glorious take-down unfold, below.

Photos: Facebook/ Mirror Now /YouTube


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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.