Actress and former Twitter user, Megan Fox, has revealed why the public rejected her and the reason for not speaking out on her experiences with #MeToo.
During an interview with the New York Times to promote her new Travel Channel show Legends of the Lost, she was asked if she thinks the public owes her an apology for the way Megan has been viewed and treated by her fanbase during her career — but her response summed up the question — she doesn’t believe the public need to apologise to her, per se.
Megan explained, “I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand.
Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward. And because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likeable,”.
Megan joined Twitter back in 2013, but after just a week of starting her account, she said, “5 days on Twitter and I have yet to discern its purpose. #WhatIsThePoint” which in turn caused outrage from her fanbase who branded her as “weird” and were actually surprised that she didn’t want to conform to the norm.
She went on to talk about the #MeToo campaign, “Even with the #MeToo movement, and everyone coming out with stories — and one could assume that I probably have quite a few stories, and I do — I didn’t speak out for many reasons. I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.”
The interview then started the focus on that topic, and when she was asked whether she’d like to talk about any of her experiences, she replied, “No, because I also feel like I’m not the universal hammer of justice. This is not to say that other people shouldn’t do what they feel is right. But in my circumstance, I don’t feel it’s my job to punish someone because they did something bad to me.” — it’s sad that she was pushed to even say that, but even sadder that she feels that she is unable to give her side of a story, albeit, she holds moral ground in saying that it’s not her “job” to “punish” someone because they did something “bad” to her.
When you look back over Megan’s career, and the references she gave during her interview that she was ahead of the times in her acting, it’s certainly agreeable. She’s in control of the characters, or at least allows her characters to be perhaps, provocative, but due to her established fanbase focussing so much on that part of her career, she now feels it could be difficult to come forward and talk about her #MeToo experiences — just a thought, not fact.
Megan goes on to talk about raising her three sons, “Yeah, I think about [raising them to be good men] a lot. I’m the window through which they see all women now. I’m the introduction to the divine feminine. And if they feel safe with me as the main woman in their life, it’s likely they’ll feel safe with women in general. If they see their father being respectful of me, it’s likely that that’s what they’ll think all men should do. It sounds simple. It’s probably not,”.
There’s more information on Legends of the Lost here.