In a stunning on-air moment, an MSNBC reporter was chastised by demonstrators who have occupied the downtown area of Seattle for describing their protest as a “street festival.”
Last week, an “autonomous zone” was established in Seattle by George Floyd demonstrators who vowed to hold the territory until the Seattle Police Department was abolished. The area is now being referred to as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) after first being declared the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
Much of the mainstream media had spun the upheaval in Seattle as a “festive” environment. However, NBC journalist Vaughn Hillyard was rebuffed by a group of protesters he was interviewing on Saturday for using similar rhetoric.
While speaking with the protesters, Hillyard told MSNBC anchor Joshua Johnson that it has been “peaceful” following a clash between demonstrators and law enforcement, calling it a “street festival-type atmosphere.”
“No, it is not a street festival!” one of the protesters shouted.
“With a very intentional purpose,” Hillyard attempted to calm him down to no avail.
“It is not a street festival. It is not a street festival,” the CHOP demonstrator told the reporter. “Do not say that. Shame on you for saying that.”
The protester then pointed to the camera, “Learn, right now, that it’s not a street festival. It is not.”