Multiple sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017 sparked the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, after which women came forward and shared their horror stories of sexual assault, inappropriate behaviour and misconduct at the hands of powerful men in other industries as well.
The movement reached our very own Bollywood pretty recently with former beauty queen and actress Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar. Ever since her strong claim several more actors, directors, producers, and singers have been accused of sexual misconduct or harassment.
While the movement has received overpowering support from people around the globe, some have expressed their reservations about it. Recently, Pamela Anderson slammed the movement on a talk show.
“I think this feminism can go too far. I’m a feminist, but I think that this third wave of feminism is a bore. I think it paralyses men,” she said, adding, “I think that this #MeToo movement is a bit too much for me. I’m sorry, I’ll probably get killed for saying that.” To which her interviewer replies, “Yes, you will.”
“Feminism can go too far. I'm a feminist, but I think that this third wave of feminism is a bore. I think it paralyses men.” Pamela Anderson criticises the #MeToo movement, warning women to use “common sense” @PamFoundation #60Mins pic.twitter.com/6dUmvbueRu
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) November 4, 2018
Pamela gained popularity through 90’s TV show Baywatch.
Talking about the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, she implied that women who went to meet him in hotel rooms should have used ‘common sense’. She also shared some of her own experiences or casting couch — she was offered roles in films in exchange for meeting the person at his home or hotel room, and was also asked to get into a jacuzzi for a lot of money.
Pamela said, “My mother taught me, don’t go into a hotel with a stranger. And if someone answers the door in a bathrobe and it’s supposed to be a business meeting, maybe I should go with somebody else. I think that some things are just common sense.” Then she laughed and said, “Or if you go in, get the job.”
Anderson is an activist for the animal rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry and promoting veganism through the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Pamela Anderson was recently photographed with close friend and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for a magazine interview.
Pamela Anderson has called on Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to defend WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and help bring him back to Australia. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in 2012 after British courts ordered his extradition to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual molestation case.