Hollywood has been subjected to Casting couch for a long time. Many actresses have come forward and spoken against the big names, allegedly asking them for sexual favours for the role. Popular Hollywood actress, Megan Fox called the film industry ‘ruthlessly misogynistic‘. She recalled a viral conversation on how she was sexualized as a young actress and mistreated by the industry.
Megan Fox Took To Instagram:
Megan Fox, 34, took to Instagram on June 22 about some early stories of her life. The Transformers actress set the record straight with a long note.
‘Please hear me when I thank you for your support. But these specific instances were inconsequential in a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.‘ she wrote.
Megan talked about the rumours of her being sexualized by directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. Michael Bay and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel received heavy criticism afterwards. This came after Megan Fox‘s interview on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” of 2009 resurfaced on Twitter on Saturday.
Megan Fox’s Interview:
Megan Fox spoke about her first time working with Michael Bay as an extra on the 2003 film “Bad Boys II” when she was 15 years old. She recalled wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini, a red cowboy hat, and six-inch heels. She continued saying that the outfit was approved by Bay himself. Since she was 15 and couldn’t legally hold a drink while sitting at a bar during the movie’s clwqub scene. So Bay suggested,
“His solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath a waterfall getting soaking wet. At 15. I was in 10th grade,” she said. “That’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
In response, Kimmel told her, “Well, that’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work. Some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.”
After the video of the interview resurfaced, 11 years later, people were shocked at Kimmel’s reaction. They said it’s unacceptable for an adult to mock about sexualizing a minor. People argued saying Fox deserved better treatment both from Hollywood and Jimmy.
The New York Times Interview:
During a 2018 interview with The New York Times, Fox shared that she’d decided against sharing her stories as part of the #MeToo movement.
“I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward. And because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likeable,” the actress said.
She explained that while she has “quite a few stories” regarding sexism and abuse of power, she would likely be victim-shamed if she spoke up based on her previous experiences.
“I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story,” she said.