It’s been months, but the sexual harassment scandal continues on, with more and more people accused, and more and more women coming forward with accusations. In many ways, this is a good thing, but it also has some negatives — namely, that it has given some so-called “feminists” the opportunity to engage in their favorite activity: man-bashing. Exhibit A? Jodie Foster.
Foster, an actress, director, and producer, is currently promoting the Netflix show “Black Mirror”, an episode of which she directed. But rather than talk about the television show, Foster talked about the sexual harassment scandal. At first, it wasn’t that bad.
“We really are at a watershed moment,” Foster said in an interview with USA Today. “This part has been painful: these wonderful, amazing narratives that take into consideration everybody’s part in it. I’m really interested and looking forward to the men’s point of view, and what comes next in terms of therapy.”
She then began talking about how this is something that doesn’t just affect Hollywood, but all men. Foster began working in Hollywood at just 12 years old, and acknowledged that sexual harassment and abuse is a longstanding problem in show business — but she also argued that it’s not limited to just Hollywood.
“It’s every industry. It’s not just one socioeconomic bracket or one complexion,” she argued. “Pretty much every man over 30 has to really look and start thinking about their part. And I guarantee, lots of it is unconscious. When you’ve been in a privileged position where you haven’t had to look at your part, you didn’t 100% understand you were in a bubble. It’s an interesting time for men.”
“I have two sons (ages 16 and 19), and I know their perspective,” she continued. “They go to a great school that has put them through the wringer about what consent is, what is humanism, what’s integrity. I just wish my generation had the benefit of that, and that everybody had the benefit of that.”
“There’s more women in executive positions than you can imagine, so I don’t really think that changed anything,” she said. “It didn’t even change women directors. There’s still just as few women directors as when there (were) four studio heads that were women. That didn’t change anything, so I’m not sure.
“Maybe because I started making movies when there were no women, I saw how healthy it was when women came into the picture,” Foster added. “When I’d go out on movie sets (before), it was like 175 guys in a small town. The second that they started normalizing and bringing women into the picture, which also brought children into the picture, then all of a sudden it wasn’t so unhealthy and people were happier. It didn’t feel like they were in some boot camp somewhere.”
Arguing that all men are somehow responsible for sexual harassment is, of course, grossly offensive and inaccurate. But Foster continued on, saying that she hopes the #MeToo movement will bring “some kind of truth and reconciliation”. “I’m looking forward to a new millennial woman that knows that she can say no,” she said. “But honestly, I think what most women want is just for it to stop. They don’t really want to have a lawsuit, they don’t want to have to go on CBS This Morning 400 times. They’d actually just like it to stop and that’ll be the good part.”
What do you think about what she said?