Kathy Bates made a statement on the “MeToo” era that may rattle some far left progressives trying to push the feminism bar further by implying that women bear some shared responsibility in preventing sexual assault scenarios.
While originally a movement about sexual assault and rape, in recent times some critics believe “MeToo” has come to also represent more ambiguous scenarios in which women may not have been physically forced but feel regretful and coerced after the fact.
Such was the case with comedian Aziz Ansari, whose “victim” who chose to remain anonymous, attacked him publicly for a date in which she blamed him for pressuring her into having sex, though he never actually “forced her.”
While the term “Me Too” was used before in a similar context, some consider the modern “Me Too” movement to have started when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” in October of 2017.
Milano then responded to her own tweet “Me too.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Yahoo reports Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates has weighed in on the era of #MeToo, saying that “times were different” when she was coming up in the business and a lot of “casting couch” encounters were “consensual”.
The veteran actor said the landscape of the industry looked very different in her early career — years before allegations against Harvey Weinstein sent shockwaves through Hollywood.
The 71-year-old Richard Jewell star told The Guardian she had a “confession” to make “about people like Weinstein and the casting couch and all of that”.
Bates said: “In my day, if you went up to a guy’s hotel room, you knew exactly why you were going and in those days it was consensual.
“Times were different, but I really support the women who are coming forward now and I’m not happy about the men who are being accused falsely – but the ones who deserve all they’re getting, my feeling is hey, go for it.”
Since multiple women came forward to make allegations against prominent producer Weinstein in October 2017, the #MeToo movement has begun, with celebrities volunteering their own experiences of sexual harassment within the industry.
Prominent Hollywood figures including Kevin Spacey, Max Landis and Bryan Singer have faced an array of allegations.
The movement has not, however, been greeted with open arms by the entire movie industry with 100 French women — including Oscar nominee Catherine Deneuve — signing an open letter speaking out against the campaign.
“Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss,” the letter said.
Feminist writer Germaine Greer also criticised Weinstein’s accusers, telling the Sydney Morning Herald: “What makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has. But if you spread your legs because he said ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that.”
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