Pamela Anderson appeared with Megyn Kelly to discuss the Hollywood swamp; the legion of sexual harassment claims coming out of Hollywood over the last two months; specifically Harvey Weinstein.
Her words are being called “victim blaming” but many people and she refuses to apologize for it.
“You somehow think that you were to blame,” she said. She continued, “I learned to never put myself in those situations again.
“And when I came to Hollywood, of course, I’ve had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense, just common sense. Don’t go into a hotel room alone…If someone answers the door in a bathrobe just leave.”
“Anderson said she’d been offered cars, money, and even homes in exchange for a sexual relationship but says she always turned the offers down. She tells Kelly she had one encounter with Harvey Weinstein after being cast to play an invisible girl with an invisible dog in the film. Anderson refused to participate if there was a dog in the film because she said animals are “treated horribly” in Hollywood. She then got a call from Weinstein, cursing her out and threatening that she would “never work in this town again” if she didn’t go through with the role.”
The Daily Beast wrote the initial article saying that Anderson was “victim blaming” but she released a statement on her blog:
“My position is not ‘problematic’ because I[t] doesn’t fall in line with ‘the common herd’ or trend.
I’m trying to tell women as an childhood abuse survivor myself – be proactive as an adult who knows better – in defending themselves. Don’t get in cars with strangers #rideresponsibly-
Don’t go to Hotel rooms alone for an audition. Women are powerful and smart and we can use all our charms in more positive ways.
“I did not say that women deserved being abused or that the pigs like Weinstein were not to be punished. Quite an opposite, I said myself that Weinstein is a sexist pig and a bully.
So this is not victim blaming but looking at the issue from the angle of women being aware of certain problems and how to spot them and fight them. It is totally hypocritical to ignore this. And it is not helping anyone to ignore the realities in the society we live in. The causes of the problem and solutions are complex and women who do not live in the utopian bubble must be aware of what is going on. And that is what I have highlighted.