Mayim Bialik, aka Blossom Russo from the beloved 90s sitcom, Blossom, has responded to the allegations of Harvey Weinstein being a serial sexual assaulter, and her reaction was... well. Not great.
In a New York Times' op-ed, Mayim wrote that the allegations against Harvey Weinstein don't surprise her "in the least," and that growing up in Hollywood — she describes her entry into show biz as a "prominent-nosed, awkward, geeky, Jewish 11-year-old" — was hard because she always felt "uncomfortable relationship with being employed in an industry that profits on the objectification of women."
She adds that she left the industry for several years to explore a life in academia, but she eventually returned to play Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. She writes that she's "honored to depict a feminist who speaks her mind, who loves science and her friends and who sometimes wishes she were the hot girl," and that she relates to the character.
Mayim continues by writing that because she is "a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer," that she has had, "almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms." (Which, of course, you must note the fact that she says she has "almost no experience," meaning she does have some.)
She takes it a step further but attributing her success to not having personal experiences with sexual assault to choices that she makes:
She goes on to say that she knows this is unfair, but it's the world we live in:
As you can imagine, this didn't go over well with many people who pointed out that sexual harassment and assault happens to women (and men) no matter what they look like or how they choose to dress.
Actor Martha Plimpton broke down the problems with Mayim's op-ed:
On Saturday, Mayim responded to the backlash on Twitter.
“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. “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.”
From: Cosmopolitan U.S.