The women of Fox’s Outnumbered discussed the controversial issue of catcalling during Thursday’s show and seemed to reach the consensus that, in the words of Kimberly Guilfoyle, “it’s nice to get compliments.”
After introducing the topic, Stacey Dash said she didn’t mind it, provided there were boundaries.
“As long as you don’t come within arms length it’s good. I don’t care.”
Next up was Kirsten Powers who noted how her feelings on the topic had evolved with time.
“Well when I was younger I didn’t like it. It used to bother me. I thought like ‘Oh, this is so sexist la-la-la.’ Now, I’m like, if I don’t, it doesn’t happen, I’m like, ‘Excuse me?!’ Yeah now it, so now it’s good.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle admitted that it can be awkward when her young son is there, but dismissively added that he’s “used to it by now.” With that caveat out of the way, she was free to share her enthusiasm for “compliments” of this ilk.
“Well, listen, I mean let men be men. God bless ’em. I love ’em. I just love ’em. … You know look men are gonna be that way. What can you do?”
“One Lucky Guy” Arthur Aidala then shared his tactic for letting women on the street know they’ve earned his approval. He stood and demonstrated a slow clap, which he said was 90% successful at garnering a smile.
Up till this point, Sandra Smith had successfully managed to stay out of the fray, questioningly saying: “Come on, be honest though, sometimes it can be done in distaste.” However, after Aidala’s demonstration, she threw her head back in raucous laugher and admitted:
“I think that was effective. I think, I searched for my true honest reaction. I think, Arthur, I would be flattered.”
Aidala then whistled and asked whether it worked for the women, adding: “I mean that’s great for hailing a cab as well.”
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