‘Big Bang’ star fires back at vicious victim-shaming accusations by her peers, defends call for modesty

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik has fired back at critics after an op-ed she wrote on Harvey Weinstein caused some feminists to accuse her of victim blaming.

“I’m being told my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all of the feedback,” she wrote in a tweet on Sunday, “I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior. Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”

The debate blossomed after Bialik wrote a piece for the New York Times on Friday in which she described why, she believes, she has not been sexually harassed in Hollywood.

“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,” she said. “My mom didn’t let me wear makeup or get manicures. She encouraged me to be myself in audition rooms.”

“I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy,” she added.

Those words sparked outrage from feminists on social media, with many calling her out for what they perceived as shaming women who dress sexy.

The backlash continued over the weekend with new voices, like model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, hammering the star.

“So @missmayim ‘advice’ is: I was never pretty & never tried to be & ladies, take note if you don’t want to be harassed? This isn’t feminism,” she tweeted.

“Victim blaming at its finest,” the 26-year-old wrote in another tweet.

But those who are now shaming Bialik for speaking her mind might have missed the point she was making when she also wrote that “Women should be able to wear whatever they want. They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?

“In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn’t perfect. Nothing — absolutely nothing — excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.”

It didn’t seem to matter as the bash Bialik train had left the station and it seemed everyone was getting on board.

It’s true. Why have a First Amendment?

She literally wrote that she was Jewish in the first sentence of the op-ed.

Others sided with Bialik and thought her piece was spot on.

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Carmine Sabia

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