Rachel Parris slams Dominic Raab for misogyny comments in powerful speech


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Rachel Parris has slammed Dominic Raab for not knowing what misogyny means during Dave’s Late Night Mash – and she’s really not holding back.

The comedian hit out at the Justice Secretary after he got things monumentally wrong last week during an interview on BBC Breakfast, answering growing calls to unravel the culture of misogyny in the Metropolitan Police following the murder of Sarah Everard and record misogyny as a hate crime across the UK. 

‘Misogyny is absolutely wrong whether it’s a man against a woman, or a woman against a man,’ he said at the time, completely misunderstanding what it meant. 

Misogyny, of course, means hatred or contempt for women and girls. It doesn’t exist the other way around.

Now, speaking on Dave’s political comedy show, Rachel hit out at Mr Raab and criticised the Government’s handling of the epidemic of male violence against women. 

‘There’s a growing feeling that male violence against women and girls isn’t being taken seriously,’ Rachel said during an appearance on Thursday’s show.

The comedian hit out at the Justice Secretary (Picture: Dave/BBC)

‘When Justice Secretary Dominic Raab was asked about misogyny last week, he said this,’ the comedian added, before showing the clip of his mistake. 

‘Dominic Raab, a man who looks like the thickest member of your stag do, and the actual Justice Secretary thinks it’s just being a bit mean to someone – maybe it’s a woman, maybe it’s a woman, maybe it’s a house plant,’ she added. 

‘The hundreds of pigs being culled across the country, maybe it’s not down to Brexit, but the rise in porcine misogyny. I don’t want to be unkind to Mr Raab, but it’s genuinely impossible not to. And it’s tricky to know the meaning of a word that affects 51% of the population. I mean what do you expect him to do, look it up?’

The comedian went on to speak about the cases of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, saying: ‘In recent weeks we’ve seen the sentencing of police officer Wayne Couzens for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard. 

The comedian criticised the government’s handling of the epidemic of violence against women following the murder of Sarah Everard (Picture: PA)

‘A man has been charged with the murder of Sabina Nessa and this week two or three women in the UK will be murdered by a man in the UK, like every week. This is evidence of misogyny. Sorry, best be clear – misogyny against women. 

‘And these are not isolated incidents. They are part of a daily culture of misogyny that controls women and limits our freedom and diminishes us. Catcalling, violent porn, rape jokes on WhatsApp or “locker room banter”.’

The impassioned speech continued with Rachel discussing the proposed emergency 888 ‘walk me home number’ being discussed to protect lone women, and the Met’s widely ridiculed advice to ‘wave down a bus’ in the event of a possible abduction issued after Sarah Everard’s murder.

‘Kidnap victims have had it wrong for decades,’ she joked. ‘It seems obvious when you think about it – simply ask your kidnapper to wait for a few minutes while you make a quick phone call. Kidnappers are famously patient.’

She added: ‘So far, the only solutions offered for the epidemic of violence against women have been to monitor, control and victim-blame women. To address your confusion Mr Raab, that’s what misogyny is.’

Late Night Mash is hosted by Rachel and comedian Nish Kumar, who recently made light of the fact The Mash Report was cancelled by the BBC before making its return this week on the channel Dave with a new name. 

Late Night Mash continues on Thursday at 10pm on Dave.

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