By now, if you’ve been on the social interwebs at all in the last week, you’ve seen a video of a woman walking through New York for 10 hours and getting cat-called all day. The video has most certainly stirred up some controversy (a lot of people are mad that the video only seems to show men of color, with all the white people edited out) but none more so than Steve Santagati, who took to the CNN airwaves to explain what catcalling was… to women.
Allow us to refer to that bastion of knowledge Urban Dictionary for a moment:
The tendency of some men to mistakenly believe that they automatically know more about any given topic than does a woman and who, consequently, proceed to explain to her- correctly or not- things that she already knows.
Woman A: When he started mansplaining to me what it really meant to be a woman in the 21st century, I got up and left.
Woman B: Really, what else could you do?
Back to the story at hand.
Now, as a dude, I can relate to the “digging the hole deeper” mindset. Steve clearly has no idea how deep he’s digging and it appears that he doesn’t want to let go of the shovel, so to speak. With some spectacular results.
Watch anchor Fredricka Whitfield try to maintain her professional demeanor while comedian Amanda Seales lets her every thought show up on her face.
We’ll let these pictures speak for themselves…
Amanda’s facial expressions here are priceless, but Fredrika gives a masterclass in subtlety as she takes a whiff of what the dude is trying to convey. Incredible. A+ reactions all around. You could probably skip out on theater school and just see these gifs here and move on with your life.
A dude explaining into an ever diminishing spiral of ignorance. Congrats, bruh.