Megan Fox Opens up About the Unfair Double Standard in Hollywood

Megan Fox has been speaking up about sexism in Hollywood since the early 2000s. The Jennifer’s Body actor has opened up about the unfair double standard in the entertainment industry, where women are automatically perceived as “difficult” if they aren’t on their best behavior 24/7. Fox recalls her own experiences of dealing with sexism in Hollywood, yet it isn’t until over a decade later that the public is finally willing to hear her out.

Megan Fox in 2019
Megan Fox in 2019 | Eckenroth/Getty Images

‘Transformers’ crew members tried to defame Megan Fox

Back when Transformers was in its heyday, crew members from the movie franchise wrote an anonymous open letter about Fox. The letter was posted on Michael Bay’s website, and attempted to defame the young starlet.

“Megan really is a thankless, classless, graceless, and shall we say, unfriendly b*tch,” the letter states. “It’s sad how fame can twist people and even sadder that young girls look up to her. If only they knew who they’re really looking up to.”

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Fox had a sad response to the open letter, saying that no one defended her even though the accusations were far from true.

“I know that the things they said about me in the crew letter were not true, but Bay is not happy with some of the things I’ve said about him,” said Fox (via Insider.) “I was waiting for someone to defend me, to say, ‘That’s not accurate,’ but nobody did.”

Fox continues, stating that she thinks this wouldn’t have happened if she was a man.

“I think it’s because I’m a girl,” she says. “They left me out there to be bludgeoned to death.”

Megan Fox opens up about the double standard between men and women in Hollywood

According to Fox, women are scrutinized in Hollywood much more than men.

“I don’t ever want people to think I’m difficult to work with or that I’m a b*tch,” she declared, “Because I try to go out of my way to make people feel comfortable. I’ve worked with people who have been difficult but have been male, and there’s never a complaint made about them, or there’s never an issue made about them,” she said.

“I have friends who are actresses, who if they go to work one day and they show up on set, and they don’t have a smile on their face, they’re tagged a b*tch,” Fox continued. “That is really unfortunate, but I can’t singlehandedly change that process. I’m trying.”

Michael Bay responded to the open letter written about Fox

Back when the open letter was written, people began to suspect the Transformers director of writing it himself. After all, it was posted to his official website. But according to Bay, he didn’t condone the letter written about Fox.

“I don’t condone the crew letter to Megan,” he posted on his site (via Deadline.) “And I don’t condone Megan’s outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter I still love working with her, and I know we still get along. I even expect more crazy quotes from her on Transformers 3.”