Actress Mayim Bialik is under fire for a New York Times op-ed that blamed victims and their “impossible standard of beauty” for the actions of sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.
Titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World,” the piece referenced women’s appearance and their choice of clothing as likely factors in being sexually abused.
“I always made conservative choices as a young actress, largely informed by my first-generation American parents who were highly skeptical of this industry in general,” Bialik wrote. “My mom didn’t let me wear makeup or get manicures. She encouraged me to be myself in audition rooms.”
Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” billed herself as “a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer.”
“I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms,” she deducted.
This perspective is more popular among liberals than you might think
Fashion designer Donna Karan set off a firestorm of criticism online after defending Weinstein by saying women who were sexually assaulted by the Hollywood producer may have been “asking for it” by how they were dressing and “presenting themselves.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 11, 2017
Bialik was met with a similar outrage on social media, with actress Patricia Arquette leading the way.
“I have to say I was dressed non provocatively at 12 walking home from school when men masturbated at me. It’s not the clothes,” she tweeted.
“It is also not outrageous for anyone to expected to be treated in a professional matter by anyone in a professional relationship,” a follow-up tweet stated.
It is also not outrageous for anyone to expected to be treated in a professional matter by anyone in a professional relationship.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 14, 2017
Sam H. Escobar, deputy editor of Allure Magazine, was equally disturbed:
“Oblivious White Millionaire Pens Entire Op-Ed on How Appearance Can Gauge Whether Sexual Assault Is Basically Your Fault,” she tweeted.
Oblivious White Millionaire Pens Entire Op-Ed on How Appearance Can Gauge Whether Sexual Assault Is Basically Your Fault pic.twitter.com/C926hxRh4E
— Sam H. Escobar (@myhairisblue) October 14, 2017
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Donna Karan: I’m going to make the worst, most hateful statement about Weinstein’s victims.
Mayim Bialik: hold my copy of Betty Friedan pic.twitter.com/fYKv4eJUuQ
— Petra Newman (@merlinslaugh) October 14, 2017
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) October 14, 2017
"It never happened to me. Let me lecture the victims."
You may now safely avoid reading Mayim Bialik's essay.
— Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) October 14, 2017
The opposite of clickbait: Any article beginning with "Mayim Bialik's thoughts on…"
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) October 14, 2017
This is exactly what abused women need, a voice, that is also female, telling them the fault is essentially theirs. WTF, Mayim Bialik? ?
— Tobias King (@logic_avenger) October 14, 2017
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