In a blistering and darkly hilarious guest monologue for Jimmy Kimmel Live, actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross suggested a way to help men who still express ‘shock’ about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse — a children’s book.
“There’s something I wanted to talk about tonight, and that’s the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal. First of all, let’s start with the fact that it isn’t a sex scandal, it isn’t a Hollywood scandal, it isn’t even a scandal. It is a systemic problem about the abuse of power that takes place across all industries,” Ross began. “While I’m not surprised by these stories, it seems like quite a few men are. Treating another human being with respect isn’t complicated, but it seems a bit confusing for a lot of men out there. So, I wrote a book,” Ross explained to viewers.
In Ross’ ‘book,’ she clarifies how to avoid being accused of sexual harassment to a figure she appropriately names, “The Handsy Man.”
“You may not compliment my butt. You may not call me ‘ho’ or ‘slut.’ And even if you’re stoned or drunk, do not expose to me your junk. And if I am your employee don’t rest your hand upon my knee,” Ross intones. “You cannot smell my hair, you creep, or grab my boobs while I’m asleep. I do not want a back massage. Did you follow me into the parking garage?”
As Ross speaks, images from the ‘children’s book’ are shown behind her — in most of which she can be seen fending off or otherwise escaping the advances of a “Handsy Man” dressed in a blue suit.
“So Handsy Man, if you’re still confused whether your behavior will be excused I’ll say it clearly, nice and slow,” explains Ross. “If she doesn’t consent, the answer is no!”
Watch Ross’ performance of “The Handsy Man” below.