Pamela Anderson has faced backlash for using what some see as victim-blaming language in reference to women who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein.
In a conversation with Megyn Kelly on Megyn Kelly Today, Anderson said that she “learned” not to place herself in situations where she would be at risk. “Don’t go into a hotel room alone,” Anderson added. “If someone answers a door in a bathrobe, leave. It’s these things that are common sense. But I know that Hollywood is very seductive, and that people want to be famous. Sometimes you think you’re going to be safe with an adult in the room. I don’t know where this security comes from. But I dodged it all.”
Anderson also said that she found Weinstein “very intimidating” during an encounter she had with him, and was not surprised to learn about the allegations against the disgraced producer. “I think it was common knowledge that certain producers and certain people in Hollywood are people to avoid. Privately,” she said. “You know what you’re getting into if you go to a hotel room alone.”
Anderson, who earlier this year declared herself an “anti-feminist,” was swiftly condemned for suggesting that Weinstein’s victims were at fault, with critics pointing out that Anderson is herself a victim of multiple instances of violent sexual abuse. But in a statement posted to Instagram, Anderson did not retract the opinions she expressed to Kelly.
Re- My interview on #todayshow #megynkelly Somebody had to say this. Please don’t worry. Refer people to my blog and long standing commitment to defending the vulnerable. We have the power to be safe and free by using common sense. My message is consistent throughout- I'm a deep thinker / I have a unique perspective. and consequence is part of my life. This is great. I am also an advocate for men. I just don't agree with it all. Backlash is good. – I like this. My position is not 'problematic' because I doesn't fall in line with the common herd or trend. I'm trying to tell women as a survivor of childhood abuse myself – It is important to 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 think it’s very smart to be proactive. And I stand by what I say. My mother taught me – protect yourself. Especially with my ‘image’’ – she and I were worried it could give people wrong Impression. I am not an easy girl and have not had as many partners people might think. I believe in love and commitment and common sense. This is why I'm usually married. It is how I feel safe and protected in a sexual relationship. .A monogamous lover is the best and most brave lover there is. I only want intimate sexual experiences – where I can be free to give my wildest fantasies to someone who loves me. and never have used sex as a weapon. It's just too easy. #bestrong #staysafe #noblame @todayshow #solutions #nodrama
“My message is consistent throughout,” she wrote. “I’m a deep thinker / I have a unique perspective. and consequence is part of my life. This is great. I am also an advocate for men. I just don’t agree with it all. Backlash is good. — I like this. My position is not ‘problematic’ because I doesn’t fall in line with the common herd or trend. I’m trying to tell women as a survivor of childhood abuse myself — It is important to 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 think it’s very smart to be proactive. And I stand by what I say.”
Anderson also noted her “long standing commitment to defending the vulnerable,” which is perhaps a reference to accused rapist Julian Assange, whom she has passionately defended.
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Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.