Pamela Anderson Victim Blames Harvey Weinsten Accusers
Missy aka Tizzy
On 7th December 2017
Back in October, when the Harvey Weinstein scandal first broke, no one would have predicted that it would have snowballed the way that it has. Not only did more of his victims step up and speak out, but countless others have spoken out about sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment at the hands of some of Hollywood's top elite. While most of Hollywood has been outwardly supportive of these victims, not everyone has been sympathetic towards the accusers.
Fifty-year-old model and actress Pamela Anderson has pissed off millions of people. She claims that the victims of Harvey Weinstein's sexual proclivities could have prevented their ordeals since everyone in the industry knew he was a predator.
She made her outrageous claims when she made an appearance on 'Megyn Kelly Today.' She delved into a conversation about the widespread sexual assault claims in the movie industry and the part that Weinstein had to play in it.
Even though Anderson was quick to victim blame, she too has been a victim of sexual harassment and abuses herself. The abuse that she suffered occurred long before she was on her way to stardom. She talked about how a female babysitter had abused her between the ages six and ten. When she was 12 years old, she was raped by a much older man. And, when she was a freshman in high school, she was gang-raped by her boyfriend and six of his friends.
Even though she clearly knows what it is like to be a victim of such abuse, she says that she knows how important it is to avoid any situation that could leave her in a vulnerable position. This is why does not have much sympathy for the Weinstein victims.
"We naturally blame ourselves. […] You somehow think that you are to blame, but I learned to never put myself into those situations again," Anderson explained. "When I came to Hollywood, I, of course, had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense. Common sense – don’t go into a hotel room alone, if someone answers the door in a bathrobe, you know, leave."
Megyn Kelly asked Anderson if she was at all shocked at the sheer number of victims who came forward about Weinstein. Anderson said that she was not shocked. He was one of those Hollywood people that you are warned about. Since receiving so much backlash about her comments on the show, Anderson took to her personal blog and published an essay responding to her critics. While she did clear up any misconceptions about her position on Weinstein's conduct, she still refused to apologize for any comments that she made where it appears that she is victim blaming.
"I think this narrative of ‘victim blaming’ and ‘lack of solidarity’ is trying to coerce me (and others) into consensus on something that should be debated and discussed broadly," she wrote.
"I can tell you that from my experience of working on protection – be it a protection of journalists and human rights defenders and internet security – there is ALWAYS a call and recommendation to see the issues in their complexity."
"There is understanding of a need to address the issue on a structural and legal level, to punish perpetrators but also to build resilience and ability of 'self-protection'. What techniques you should use online, what precautions you should take when covering certain issues as a journalist.
"There are also a lot of self-protection courses. There is even a well-known story of suffragettes learning martial arts and protection when doing activism for the right to vote."
She goes on to say that his victims deserved to be abused or that people like Weinstein should not be punished. She calls Weinstein a "sexist pig and a bully." She just wants more women to be aware of the issues that exist and use them to their advantage instead of blindly accepting invites into situations that could leave them vulnerable or a victim. Anderson says she is not trying to victim blame but wants women to be more aware so they can avoid bad situations.
"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. I do NOT wish to apologize for what I said. And will not get coerced into an apology."
To each their own, I guess. Pamela has a right to her opinion, and we can even agree with some of what she has to say, but blaming the victims is not the way to get your point across. Thankfully, a vast majority of celebrities have spoken out in defense of Weinstein's victims.