With the rise of #MeToo and the revelations of men like Harvey Weinstein, some men have misunderstood the meaning behind the movement, claiming that women are overreacting and that men are the ones who are truly being persecuted because their “office flirting” has been “misinterpreted.”
Recently, Liam Neeson, while promoting his new movie The Commuter, made it clear his thoughts on the movement.
“There’s a bit of a witch hunt happening too. There are some people — famous people — being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee or something, and suddenly have been dropped from their program or something.”
Neeson continued, talking about how A Prarie Home Companion‘s Garrison Keillor was a victim who did nothing wrong. However, his opinion got even more upsetting when the topic of Dustin Hoffman’s alleged sexual harassment and assault came up, with Neeson claiming that Hoffman groping a woman’s breast was “childhood stuff.”
“The Dustin Hoffman thing, I’m on the fence about that. When you’re doing a play, and you’re with your family — other actors, technicians — you do silly things. And it becomes superstitious if you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show.”
— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) January 12, 2018
Neeson continued, speaking about his time as a UNICEF ambassador and the struggles that women around the world endure. While equivocating hardships in Hollywood is nothing in comparison to third world countries, it does not necessarily mean that the harassment so many women face in the workplace is not bad. There are degrees of harassment, but that does not give men the opportunity to treat women as disposable commodities.
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