"There is nothing more that a woman loves to hear than how pretty she is," said a man on television in 2014.
CNN's Fredricka Whitfield hosted a segment on Sunday discussing a video of a woman enduring hours of catcalling in New York City that went viral earlier this week. The video, spearheaded by anti-street harassment organization Hollaback, received heaps of praise, but also ruffled some feathers. One of those feathers apparently belonged to Steve Santagati, an author and self-proclaimed dating expert who appeared on Whitfield's show to deliver a baffling rant against the video that was at best tone-deaf and uninformed and at worst unabashedly misogynistic.
"It's just another example of a lot of feminists that have an a la carte attitude towards it, meaning you can do this, I want this sort of thing, but they take it too far," he said. "It's kind of like, this thing bordered on 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf,' like where's it gonna go next?"
Santagati also said that if women don't like the attention they're getting, they should "act like a strong woman" and tell the catcallers to back off.
New York-based comedian Amanda Seales, who also appeared on the CNN segment and argued with Santagati throughout, offered a scathing takedown of those comments.
"A woman got killed the other day for doing that in Detroit, actually," she said, referring to 27-year-old Mary Spears, who was shot dead after refusing to give a man her phone number. "You sir, do not know what you're talking about."
After that, Santagati told Seales to buy a gun and began complaining about bad parenting. Watch the full clip in the video above.