Actress Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, received backlash from a recent NY Times op-ed piece. The article is about the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Many readers felt like the article was victim blaming as one of the lines read, “I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.” The article went back to Mayim Bialik role on the series Blossom.
Essentially, she learned at a young age which actresses got which roles.
Mayim Bialik Talks ‘Blossom’ Acting
“I quickly learned even as a preteen actress that young girls with doe eyes and pouty lips who spoke in a high register were favored for roles by the powerful men who made those decisions,” she wrote.
Not long after this post, Mayim Bialik received backlash for her opinion piece. She feels like the words were taken out of context. As a feminist, this accusation offended the actress.
Then, she took to Facebook for a rebuttal and clarification.
The Context Of The Hollywood Machine
Mayim Bialik clarified, “I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior,” she wrote.
“Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women,” confirmed the actress.
Aside from these comments, the actress also plans to hold a Facebook Live conference to clarify any additional questions. As a feminist with a Ph.D., she shouldn’t have any trouble clarifying her viewpoints.
The only problem, of course, is that things taken out of context will continue to be taken out of context. Unfortunately, any mistake could result in a sound bite that makes things worse for the actress.
So, what did you think of Mayim Bialik’s comments on the subject?