KTN News anchor Zindzi Kibiku has come out to challenge a claim made by vocal lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi on the criteria TV stations use to hire female anchors.
Through a post on his Twitter account, lawyer Ahmednasir claimed that local media houses hire female anchors based on the size of their “bosom & booty” as opposed to foreign media stations which focus on professional abilities.
“Saw this & realized we have many professional ladies i.e Anne Soy, Beatrice Marshall, Sophie Ikenye, Catherine Wambua etc with foreign media & judged on their professionalism, while our local girls on TV seem hired on the size of their bosom & booty,”wrote Abdullahi.
Abdullahi’s comment opened the floodgates, drawing the attention of Zindzi who responded, “This is becoming old and outright disgusting.”
To which the lawyer fired back, “You can only debunk this with empirical data...then I will listen. Hysteria and emotions won't help...so go ahead...I am waiting!!!”
“Your statement is equally based on emotions and generalizes all women in broadcast journalism. Share your empirical data too. Then we compare notes. Yes?” Waltzed in Zindzi with a hard tackle.
Women in media
Taking the conversation further, Zindzi faulted the comments made by the lawyer, saying despite being sexualized and their intelligence questioned for long, there have always been talented and professional TV girls out there with both beauty and brains setting trends.
“Look, for the longest time women in TV have been sexualized and their intelligence downplayed but that’s not where the story ends. There are so many talented female journalists setting the pace. They are brilliant and beautiful. We make no apologies,” she told SDE.
She further revealed that contrary to common belief, local media houses are comfortable with dark-skinned women taking TV roles, a case that inspires millions of similar girls out there.
“More than ever our local newsroom have dark skin women with natural air might I add. This is a big win. Small girls can see and appreciate their beauty because they can see someone they relate with,” added Zindzi.
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