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The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams on Her Catcalling Horror Stories

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After Jessica Williams’s brilliant “Horny Slow Clap” piece on The Daily Show last week, we had to ask her about her own real-life experiences with catcalling when we ran into her last night at the Cut’s Fashion Week party with Longchamp and Stella Artois. “A lot of guys like to say I remind them of chocolate, and make a chocolate reference, like ‘mmm I really love chocolate’ as I’m walking by or in bars as a pickup line,” she said. “There’s a recurring chocolate motif. Being compared to food in a sexual way is my nightmare. It’s just so weird and gross.” Agreed!

Any other particularly crazy tales? “I had a guy who was just released from jail and was on parole. He was a white guy but he was trying to connect with me. My buddy and I were drinking outside at a bar in Williamsburg and his opening line was ‘I fucking hate hipsters, do you want to smoke some of this black and mild with me? You know, I’m a white guy but that doesn’t mean anything. My parole officer says I’m practically black,’” she told us. “Just red flag after red flag. And then when I was like ‘hey, I don’t really want to talk anymore,’ he was like ‘well, I sent you over this drink so … ’ His argument was that because he purchased the drink, now he had my time and could say whatever red-flag-y bullshit he wanted. You didn’t buy me; this doesn’t entitle you to my time!”

Jessica Williams on Catcalling Horror Stories