Mayim Bialik, the “Big Bang Theory” star, shared her opinions about the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal recently and most of the people didn’t take it well. Mayim Bialik wrote an article for The New York Times titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World”. Somehow after reading the piece, the readers got an impression that Mayim Bialik intended to say that a woman’s appearance and clothing are major factors in her being an object of sexual harassment. A lot of people felt that the 41-year-old actress is just piling on the blame on the victims.
Bialik wrote in the article, “I always made conservative choices as a young actress, largely informed by my first-generation American parents who were highly skeptical of this industry in general. My mom didn’t let me wear makeup or get manicures. She encouraged me to be myself in audition rooms.”
Mayim Bialik also claims that she knew that she “was out of step with the expected norm for girls and women in Hollywood.”
She further says,”As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms. Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty has the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money.”
Mayim Bialik was then mentioned in a tweet by the Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette who didn’t agree with Bialik’s claims. Patricia Arquette wrote in a tweet, ” @missmayim I have to say I was dressed non-provocatively at 12 walking home from school when men masturbated at me. It’s not the clothes.” She also shared an article about what kind of clothing women wore when they were raped, which showed that during the assault most of them wore shirts and pants.
A lot of other came out and heavily criticised Mayim Bialik for her words on Twitter.
All of this lash out on her prompted Mayim Bialik to post a picture of Twitter which had these words written on it:” I’m being told my NY Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all the feedback. I also see that a lot of people have taken my words out of context of the Hollywood Machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing and behavior. Anyone who knows and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what the piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women. I am doing a Facebook live with N.Y. Times Monday morning. Let’s discuss it then.”
Mayim Bialik though has a history of criticising female artist as she did that with Ariana Grande back in 2014.