Friends of a respected American reporter who bizarrely accused of using her body to “distract” Vladimir Putin have taken a sweet stroke over the jib.
CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble interviewed the Russian leader during an energy conference in Moscow last week.
Putin, hardly considered the most progressive by leaders, described Gamble as “handsome” and “handsome” after being pressured into talk that Russia had pressured fuel supplies to raise prices in Europe.
“Beautiful woman, beautiful, I tell her one thing. She immediately tells me the opposite, as if she did not hear what I said,” he answered her question and immediately raised accusations of sexism among those who followed around in world.
Despite global attention, Gamble itself has taken it all in its “power” step.
In an Instagram post, she shared a photo of herself with the cover of a Russian newspaper. The moment the socket had been used, most of her face has been cropped out, focusing on her legs.
“My best angle,” she described the post along with the hashtags #feminism and #russia, referring to Kiselyov’s comments.
In another, she posted a snap of her “power walk,” with Putin behind.
In a third post, Gamble said “I have the BEST friends” after her friends also made light of it all and baked a cake of the president with the words, “Too pretty.”
Russian TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, considered a Kremlin spokesman, claimed that Gamble “had behaved boldly (during the interview) and openly positioned himself as a sex object without fear of being criticized by feminists”.
Kiselyov has also spent plenty of airtime on the incident, packaged excerpts from the chat to back up his argument and find ample support for his stance from other media in Russia.
While Gamble has made it all easy, The Daily Beast columnist Julia Davis came out to defend the reporter.
“The ridiculous assault by the state media on the appearance of an American journalist was just a smokescreen for what really drew the pro-Kremlin media: it was not Hadley Gamble’s dress or her legs, but her question,” she wrote.