Tracy Brabin hits back as Ben Shephard asks if dress was ‘distraction’
Tracy Brabin has admitted she was stunned by the "sexualised" nature of the "vitriolic" abuse she received for wearing an off-shoulder dress.
The Shadow Culture Secretary, 58, was bombarded with vile insults, with trolls branding her a "tart" and a "slag", after appearing in parliament in a £35 black one-shouldered midi dress
Appearing on today's Good Morning Britain, the Labour MP and former Coronation Street actress said: "It was quite interesting the vitriolic comments were so shocking and sexualised. I couldn’t get my head round it so push back.
"I’m in a privileged position. It didn’t bother me much. So many women in the workplace don’t have that opportunity."
Brabin hit back when GMB presenter Ben Shephard played devil's advocate and asked whether her dress was "distracting".
The MP replied: "I would say people want to talk about something else other than politics. They’re fed up of Brexit after three years. I’m glad something positive has come out of it."
Brabin explained that she was previously at music event as part of her role as Shadow Culture Secretary before arriving at the House of Commons.
On the disgusting abuse she received, she said: "It’s the sexual nature of the comments. A slag. A slut. That’s what the point of this was about. Diminishing me as a women by over sexualising me.
"We’ve agreed there can be breastfeeding in the commons so your going to see a lot more shoulders."
The Labour MP decided to auction off the dress on Ebay to raise money for Girl Guiding and has got a bid of £17,200.
"The work they do is phenomenal for girls' confidence and self-esteem," said Brabin.
She added: "We’re there to do a job. I’m here talking about a shoulder. But my job is very important. It's challenging the government."
Brabin hit back at the trolls with a sassy tweet declaring she is entitled to wear whatever she likes to work.
She wrote: "Hello. Sorry I don’t have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm I’m not…
"A slag, Hungover, A tart, About to breastfeed, A slapper, Drunk, Just been banged over a wheelie bin.
"Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder…"
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am
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