While many celebrities and influencers have come forward in support of movements that are empowering victims of sexual assault, there are those who apparently have a problem with women coming forward to tell their stories.
Actress Lindsay Lohan doesn’t seem to appreciate the power behind the “Me Too” movement, despite it becoming a catalyst to bring forth change in the same industry she happens to work in.
In a recent interview with The Times, Lohan said:
I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.
Lohan also added that she is “supportive of women,” but doesn’t support “attention seekers.” She also said it’s difficult for her to speak on sexual misconduct in the industry when it never happened to her personally.
“I don’t really have anything to say. I can’t speak on something I didn’t live, right? Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways.”
She claims that women need to speak up when it happens, instead of waiting until they feel the time is right.
“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report.
You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”
This isn’t the first time that Lohan has made controversial comments about the “Me Too” movement. In fact, in October, in a deleted Instagram story the 32-year-old showed sympathy and support for Harvey Weinstein–who was indicted on sexual assault charges and has been said to have assaulted and harassed women in the industry for decades. At the time, Lohan had posted:
“I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina [Chapman] needs to take a stand and be there for her husband.”
People on Twitter felt very strongly about Lohan’s statements, who have pissed everyone off–as they should. Regardless if you personally have not been a victim, telling women that speaking up makes them look “weak” is the very reason that many women don’t speak out when it happens.
— Julie Rageys (@JulieRgs) August 9, 2018
I find @lindsaylohan's comments on the #MeToo movement to be appalling. You are NOT weak for telling your story. You are brave and are actually contributing to the fight against the sexual assault epidemic.
— ?nel? (@0ut3rspace) August 9, 2018
Lindsay Lohan “me too makes women seem weak”
Or, hear me out, or it makes men look like rapists
— Lisa Marie (@Lisa_Colon4) August 9, 2018
Lindsay Lohan needs to be slammed how dare she say the #MeToo movement makes a woman looks weak! How would she know if she's never been in that position!
— Teka (@teka50) August 9, 2018
Lindsay Lohan on the #MeToo movement: "I'm going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women."
Only a weak, self-loathing woman would say this. Sad.
— Liz Gonzales (@TheLizGonzales) August 9, 2018
Lindsay Lohan doesn't get to publicly shame or dictate the amount of time sexual assault victims spend healing or when they're allowed to report what happened. If #MeToo makes women look 'weak' then that is a fundamental problem with society, not with victims. #fuckoffLohan
— Scribbler @ Tampa Bay Comic Con (@ObabScribbler) August 9, 2018
I held out 'til now because of The Parent Trap, but: Lindsay Lohan, you are cancelled. pic.twitter.com/zflrAtWvju
— Jenny Hollander (@_JennyHollander) August 9, 2018
. @lindsaylohan is canceled.
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) August 9, 2018