Oh, dear. Get ready for the feminists to turn on this strong woman in Hollywood!
As the woman who built her career on the movie, Basic Instinct, you’d think that Sharon Stone would be sympathetic to the #MeToo crowd complaining about sexual harassment. After all, the movie was highly touted for literally one scene.
Somewhat surprisingly, Stone has a rather sensible take on #MeToo, and was pretty blunt about it.
She was clear that she hopes that Harvey Weinstein goes to jail — because she sees his actions as criminal. Stone has a problem with equating the behavior of Weinstein with other behaviors that are being called out by the #MeToo movement. Yes, the behavior is still inappropriate, but it shouldn’t be criminalized the same way as rape is.
Her quite reasonable statements echo those of Matt Damon that has put him in the crosshairs of a full-on #MeToo backlash.
In a frank interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine today, the actress says: ‘In every crime there are misdemeanours and felonies, and I think if someone’s committed a misdemeanour they can’t be treated like they’ve committed a felony. You can’t charge someone for murder when they’ve got a parking ticket.’ Her comments echo those of Matt Damon, who was criticised by #MeToo campaigners for saying there is a ‘difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation’.
Feminists are gonna want Stone’s ‘woman card’ back for that one!
They’re trying to destroy Matt Damon’s career and future prospects simply because he says that not all problematic sexual behavior should be treated the same way.
Ms Stone – famous for her sexually charged scenes in the 1992 movie Basic Instinct – condemns Weinstein, saying: ‘I hope he goes to jail,’ adding that the producer, who has been accused of rape, is ‘coarse and mean and violent and abusive’. She adds: ‘He thinks he’s a big martyr but he’s a pisher [a nobody]’. In a forthright assertion of how women should deal with predatory men, Ms Stone says: ‘We have two legs. You can leave a room. You can say “stop it”. You have an opportunity not to participate.’
She added: ‘[Harassment] doesn’t start when you get to Hollywood. It starts when you’re little. Don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for the generations of women who came before us who no one stood up for at all. Women like my grandmother who was beaten by her husband almost every day. I stand up for them.’
Yeah, I think she can take on the #MeToo crowd.
So having been on Hollywood’s front line for four decades, Stone is better positioned than most to weigh in on the current crisis engulfing the industry. And she doesn’t pull her punches, offering strident views on everything from Harvey Weinstein (‘He thinks he’s a big martyr but he’s a pisher [a nobody]… I hope he goes to jail’) to the Mark Wahlberg-Michelle Williams pay-gap controversy (‘it’s probably fair’). She also discusses the devastating brain haemorrhage she suffered in 2001, as well as the allegations besetting her Basic Instinct co-star Michael Douglas. Her views are candid, thoughtful and, like Stone herself, sometimes unpredictable…
She spoke about her own experiences in Hollywood.
How then did the 20-something Stone, fresh from Meadville, Pennsylvania, deal with unwanted attention from the sleazier factions in Hollywood when she started out in the Eighties?
‘Well, I didn’t come to this town whining and complaining,’ she insists. ‘My father told me to stand up and then I’d get the respect I demanded. Was I treated unkindly? Sure. Did people say that I was a f****** bitch? You bet. And yes, it stopped me from getting parts. Did I face horrific situations? Of course. Like every other woman in every single job all over the globe.’
Remember, Stone is turning 60 this year, and the world has altered rather rapidly in just a few years. As a woman a couple decades younger than Stone, that hasn’t been my experience as a working woman, or that of my friends the same age or younger than I am. I’ll beg to differ on that. She’s also in a career that is overtly sexualized, so it’s no surprise that it’s more apparent there. The ‘casting couch’ culture is nothing new — it has been a concern for aspiring actors and actresses (and their parents) for decades.
She admits that she faced some difficult situations throughout her career, but she doesn’t have a #MeToo story…
What kind of propositions did she face, and how did she extricate herself from difficult situations? ‘Well, I had an ability to talk, so that none of us had to leave as enemies. I’d say, “Where are you from? Was there a nice girl on the block where you came from? What was her name? Betty Smith? Well, the Betty Smith where you came from – I’m that Betty Smith”. And they’d say, “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry”, and I’d say, “That’s cool. But if you keep that in mind for the rest of our engagement, we’re going to be great friends. So, thanks for asking, but no thanks.” For people who behave outrageously, you just have to tell them they’re awful, but there are other people who are coarse and mean and violent and abusive and assaulting, and these people need to go to jail.’
Does she mean Harvey Weinstein?
‘I do. And I hope he goes to jail.’
The day of the interview with the Daily Mail, it was revealed that Stones Basic Instinct co-star, Michael Douglas is facing allegations of inappropriate behavior from an assistant he had 30 years ago.
When asked about the allegations, Stone replies, ‘I don’t know anything about that,’ but adds: ‘We have two legs. You can leave a room. You can say “Stop it”. You have an opportunity not to participate. I understand that people are intimidated by powerful people, but what are we leveraging ourselves for? Leveraging yourself [for your career] and then being angry about it later – you have to ask yourself what you participated in. What did you want so badly that you were willing to stay through a humiliating experience?’
She goes on to say: ‘Rape and assault are a different story, but you have two legs and you have a mouth. There are a lot of people in my career who didn’t like me, who said that I was a bitch. But because I didn’t do things I was asked to do…’
Source: Daily Mail
Well, welcome to the ‘B*tch Club’, Sharon. There are lots of us out there.
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