As we have learned over the last couple of months, sexual harassment – in Hollywood and elsewhere – is much more pervasive than most people could have ever imagined. The #MeToo movement is a daily reminder of the day-to-day struggles of women (and men) everywhere. Earlier this week, Sharon Stone was asked if she’d ever experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood. Her answer? She laughed uproariously for five minutes. OF COURSE SHE HAS. She was an actress. In the ’80s and ’90s. It was an inevitable byproduct of the job.
Eternal beauty Helen Mirren was recently asked the same question. Her experience in the industry, though, was slightly different, she says:
“I have never experienced [sexual harassment]… in Hollywood. Because [when] I came to Hollywood, I was in my 30s. I was too old. It doesn’t happen to you unless you’re very young,” she said.
That doesn’t mean, however, she hasn’t seen her share of unwanted penises.
“When I was between 16 and 23, 24 — men would expose themselves to me often, I would say about once a week…on the subway, on the tube, on the bus, walking down a road and it was like, ugh… It’s not like you’re gonna go, ‘Oh my god, that’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.’ It’s the opposite. It’s horror.”
God, men are just the WORST, aren’t they?
(via PAPER via Sunday Today; Photo: Pacific Coast News)