Ana Kasparian fired back at the breast-obsessed Pastor James David Manning over sexist remarks he directed at The Young Turks host.
The right-wing pastor recently appeared on the online program to discuss his belief that President Barack Obama was pushing a pro-gay agenda on the U.S.
Manning, who is black, became upset when Kasparian called him “Debbie Schlussel ignorant” for pointing out that his skin was darker than Young Turks host Cenk Uygur, who is Turkish-American.
“What?” Manning sputtered. “Hold it, hold it, hold it. Now listen. Cenk, I was going to let this go. I was going to hang up my rock-and-roll shoes and not deal with y’all anymore because I suspect that you just want to use me to build an audience for yourselves to try to get yourselves some sort of popularity. I was not going to respond.”
Manning, who gained Internet fame several years ago after he called Obama a “mack daddy” pimp who posted campaign advertisements on women’s breasts, said he couldn’t let Kasparian’s insult stand unchallenged.
“This woman, whoever she is, called me ignorant three times in a matter of two seconds,” Manning said. “Let me say something to you, you little twit. You need to understand your contributions to this show are your boobs, and not your brains.”
“Don’t call me ignorant; who do you think you are?” he continued. “I mean, just because you want try to make yourself look good, you call me ignorant? Keep focus on the fact of why you’re on there – your boobs, and not your brains. Now, that’s my comment, that’s my defense, that’s my response.”
Kasparian posted a response to Manning’s insult, saying she hoped she hadn’t led him into temptation.
“Apparently you really enjoy my magnificent breasts because you keep mentioning them over and over again,” she said. “What I found fascinating was that he was willing to let it go when it came to the criticisms that Cenk made about him, but when a woman criticized him, oh hell no, you’re just a twit and you’re known for your boobs, and not your brain.”
She conceded that some viewers may appreciate her physical appearance more than her contributions to The Young Turks, but she outlined her education and professional credentials to rebut Manning’s claim that she was ignorant.
“This is not me trying to do a humble brag, this is me trying to point out your misogyny because instead of doing a little research on me and determining whether I really am ignorant or stupid, you decided to point to the fact that I’m a woman and criticized me for the size of my boobs,” Kasparian said. “Now I love that you showed a picture of me with my boobs a couple times in your program because you just couldn’t seem to get enough. You just absolutely loved it, but you know what? I’m not mad at you, it’s totally fine.”
Kasparian defended her claim that Manning was ignorant, pointing out his theory that Newt Gingrich’s biological father was actually a “liberal radical black man.”
“You had absolutely no evidence of that, but you decided to broadcast that bullshit anyway,” she said. “So my friend, you are the ignorant one. You’re the one who got a PhD from an unaccredited institution that you founded yourself. So do a little bit of self-reflection before you turn around and criticize others.”
Watch Kasparian’s response posted online by Townsquare: