The latest anti-harassment campaign Time's Up and the trending hashtag #MeToo have been instrumental in making progressive changes against the ongoing sexual harassment scandals.
In September, after an in-depth article named Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator who used his power to sexually exploit, rape, and assault women, numerous other men went down with him. From well-known directors to highly respected actors, Hollywood was turned on its heels when the media began exposing some beloved entertainers whom many of us grew up watching.
Recent award shows such as the Golden Globes and The Critics Choice Awards have supported the men and women who have spoken against their abusers by showcasing unity, whether it was wearing all black or sporting a "Time's Up" button on their attire.
More actresses have been presented the opportunity of hosting shows and receiving prestigious honors that usually were dominated by men.
While it seems Hollywood is slowly recovering from the disgraceful massacre, there are others who have spoken against the movements and see them as a sham.
Bardot Vs. #MeToo
Just one week after French actress Catherine Deneuve publicly denounced the #MeToo movement, fellow European actress Brigitte Bardot is also slamming the movement, calling it "hypocritical and ridiculous." The actress stated that she was never assaulted by a man and explained the difference between "harassing" a woman and simply "flirting" with them.
"I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little ass. This kind of compliment is nice," the actress commented.
The actress also stated that while many may think outing men is making things better, in reality it's only "hurting" them and going away from the important topics that need to be tackled.
Bee Speaks Out
Bardot's comments also follow the controversy surrounding actor and comedian Aziz Ansari who was recently accused of sexual misconduct. Ansari was outed by an anonymous woman, known as "Grace," for allegedly making her feel "uncomfortable" after the two engaged in sexual activity at his apartment. The woman's remarks were met with harsh backlash from various publications that felt the woman "set back" the Time's Up venture and potentially ruined its future.
Full Frontal host Samantha Bee touched on the subject during her show where she defended the woman who spoke against Ansari, claiming it doesn't have to be "rape" to make it wrong.
"A lot of people are worried about Aziz's career, which no one is trying to end. Because again, we know the difference between a rapist, a workplace harasser, and an Aziz Ansari. That doesn't mean we have to be happy about any of them," Bee stated.