The reason I read out an abusive email on live TV
The Independent|January 23, 2022
Normally I have to wait until after I have appeared on the TV, radio or in a paper to catch up on the abuse that comes into my inbox or Twitter feed.
JESS PHILLIPS

But this week as I appeared on the BBC’s Politics Live show, no such waiting was required. I was doing it on Zoom from my office and I had foolishly left my email open while I was on the TV. The feedback was live and direct.

It is disorienting appearing on a live show from your office. For a start, I couldn’t see the people I was talking to. All I could see was myself on the screen. You don’t get to pick up on the social cues as you would in the studio so already it was a tough gig. Throw into the mix that while you are trying to answer an inquisitive journalist’s question without making a fool of yourself and your party, the thing that flashes before your eyes is an email subject title calling you a “dirty bought and paid for whore”.

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