Actress Anna Faris is the latest among a slew of women who have spoken out about being sexually harassed in Hollywood amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
On Tuesday, Faris opened up about an unpleasant experience that made her feel “small” in an episode of her podcast “Anna Faris is Unqualified.”
“I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf and he slapped my a** in front of the crew so hard,” Faris said. “And all I could do was giggle.”
“I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird.’ And that’s how I dismissed it,” she continued. “I was like, ‘Well, this isn’t a thing. Like, it’s not that big of a deal. Buck up, Faris. Like, just giggle.’ But it made me feel small. He wouldn’t have done that to the lead male.”
Faris explained that oftentimes, it’s difficult to know how to react in these situations because you don’t want to stir up trouble or create a bad name for yourself.
“We’re conditioned to giggle,” Faris said. “But also, if we were to do anything else, we’d be labeled a b**** or difficult. That would be the best of circumstances. I guess what I do is I laugh. It puts everyone at ease when I feel incredibly uncomfortable. That’s the defense mode you go into.”
She also revealed that the same director who touched her inappropriately told her agent that he hired her because of her “great legs.”
“And listen, that’s a f***ing great compliment. I like my legs,” she explained. “But that sort of informed my whole experience with that whole project. I don’t think the male lead got hired because he had great legs. Therefore I felt like I’m hired because of these elements — not because of [talent].”
Faris joins a growing list of women who have felt emboldened to share their #MeToo stories, exposing the disgusting conduct that goes on behind the scenes of some of our favorite films and how rape culture is deeply rooted in Hollywood.
While disheartening and poignant, these stories are vital to the conversation surrounding men using their positions of power to carry out sexual assault and rape under the guise of being above the law.
The more women who come forward publicly about their experiences, the faster society is forced to address the problem and take action to fix it. After being exposed, these predators no longer have the power to bribe their victims into silence.
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