Kathy Bates made a statement on the “MeToo” era that may rattle some far left progressives trying to push the feminism bar further left by implying that women bear some shared responsibility in preventing sexual assault scenarios.
While originally a movement about sexual assault and rape, in recent times critics say “MeToo” has come to also represent more ambiguous scenarios in which women may not have been physically forced but feel regretful and coerced after the fact.
Such was the case with comedian Aziz Ansari, whose “victim” attacked him publicly for a date in which she blamed him for pressuring her into having sex, though he never actually “forced her.”
Yahoo reports Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates has weighed in on the era of #MeToo, saying that “times were different” when she was coming up in the business and a lot of “casting couch” encounters were “consensual”.
The veteran actor said the landscape of the industry looked very different in her early career — years before allegations against Harvey Weinstein sent shockwaves through Hollywood.
The 71-year-old Richard Jewell star told The Guardian she had a “confession” to make “about people like Weinstein and the casting couch and all of that”.
Bates said: “In my day, if you went up to a guy’s hotel room, you knew exactly why you were going and in those days it was consensual.
“Times were different, but I really support the women who are coming forward now and I’m not happy about the men who are being accused falsely – but the ones who deserve all they’re getting, my feeling is hey, go for it.”