In late November 2017, longtime Today host Matt Lauer was fired after claims of sexual harassment made by a colleague. Lauer joined the growing list of other powerful men accused of sexual misconduct.
Following such troubling allegations, countless celebrities have spoken out against the men accused. But did you know some stars actually defended them? Here’s a list of celebs who had a very different reaction than most to the alleged behavior of these men.
Pamela Anderson questions the choices of Harvey Weinstein accusers
In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Pamela Anderson made remarks that many thought sounded like she was blaming the women who accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
“It was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood are people to avoid, privately,” Anderson said about working in the business, adding, “You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.” She followed that up talking about “common sense” and explaining that’s how she was able to “dodge” those situations.
But her comments didn’t sit well with many and caused outrage. The Baywatch actress then took to her website to address the backlash writing, “To say I am victim blaming completely misconstrues my point. Victims are not to blame, they never are. That doesn’t mean we can’t take common sense measures to keep ourselves safe and avoid harmful situations.”
Geraldo Rivera defends Matt Lauer
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
Geraldo Rivera caused a firestorm on social media after he defended Lauer following the host’s ousting at NBC. Rivera also made some pretty controversial comments on the topic of sexual harassment and eventually apologized for his tweets.
Lindsay Lohan feels sorry for Weinstein
lindsay lohan (and her whack accent) is defending Harvey Weinstein on her insta rn. GOODBYE TO YOU FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/aMzvAOXPYp
— lauren yap (@itslaurenyap) October 11, 2017
Early on in the Weinstein scandal, Lindsay Lohan took to social media and defended the movie mogul in an Instagram story. She said that she felt bad for what was happening to him and that “everyone needs to stop.” The actress also said that Weinstein’s wife should stand by him through this time.
Lohan must’ve figured she put her foot in her mouth because she ended up deleting the video from her posts.
Author Gay Talese said Anthony Rapp should ‘suck it up’
On Nov. 7, author Gay Talese shocked the world by coming to Spacey’s defense. In fact, he shamed Anthony Rapp, saying that he should have just moved on from the incident.
According to Vanity Fair, Talese said, “I feel so sad, and I hate that actor that ruined this guy’s career. So, O.K., it happened 10 years ago … Jesus, suck it up once in a while!” By this point, over a dozen people had already made accusations against Spacey. Talese seemed to be of the impression that it was just Rapp.
In addition, Talese said that he wanted to profile Spacey and ask him “how it feels to lose a lifetime of success and hard work all because of 10 minutes of indiscretion 10 years or more ago.” Finally, he said that everyone has done something that they’re ashamed of.
Female SNL alumnae support Al Franken
36 women who worked with Al Franken on SNL have signed a letter of support…I would not be surprised if this has a chilling effect on women speaking out. It was shameful when Fox News hosts did this for Roger Ailes and this letter, at this time, is highly inappropriate. pic.twitter.com/qhuD6MDtpS
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) November 21, 2017
Former Saturday Night Live cast member-turned-politician Al Franken was also accused of sexual harassment when two women produced photo evidence of the instances. While Franken himself publicly apologized for his behavior, several female SNL alumnae wrote a letter defending their former colleague and making it a point to say he never sexually harassed them.
“We would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard,” the letter read.
Donna Karen blames Weinstein victims, suggests they asked for it
In October 2017, fashion designer Donna Karen angered a lot of people when she described Weinstein as a “wonderful” person and offered comments on what she thought about the accusations against him.
“I think we have to look at ourselves. How do we display ourselves?” she said. “How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
After her remarks went public, many accused her of victim-shaming. She was then slammed for suggesting anyone asked for anything and later issued an apology for her comments.
Morrissey questions Spacey’s accuser
During an interview with the German publication Der Spiegel, outspoken British singer Morrissey questioned one of Kevin Spacey’s accusers while defending the actor.
Morrissey questioned the story, and many felt he was blaming the alleged victim, Anthony Rapp, who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged incident in which Spacey was 26. He said:
You have to ask, where were the boy’s parents. You ask yourself, if the boy didn’t know what could happened. I don’t know what it was like for him but in my youth I was never in a situation like that. Never. It was always clear to me what could happen. If you’re in someone’s bedroom, you have to know where it could lead. That’s why I don’t find the whole thing very believable. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.
Lena Dunham comes to defense of Murray Miller
It was pretty surprising when the actress, who considers herself a champion for other women, did not believe the woman who accused Girls show writer Murray Miller of sexual assault.
When Miller denied that accusation made by Aurora Perrineau, Dunham and Girls showrunner Jenni Konner defended him with a strong statement basically saying Perrineau lied when she filed a police report against the writer. The backlash online was fast and furious with many calling Dunham a “hypocrite.”
She later issued an apology to those she “disappointed.”
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