Actress Olivia Munn said she faced ‘threatening calls’ and considered leaving the country before coming forward with sexual misconduct allegations against director Brett Ratner. (Dec. 6) AP
Olivia Munn had plenty to say during her Monday appearance on “The View” about #MeToo and what she sees as the unfair backlash against the movement.
Munn has spoken out about several men in the film industry over the past several years, from accusing director Brett Ratner of sexual harassment in 2017 to going public about her discomfort that a registered sex offender was cast alongside her in “The Predator” last year.
“I think the biggest note that has changed since the Me Too movement has started is that, for the first time, there is an entire group of people, usually white men, who have to be aware of their existence,” she said. “If you ask any minority, LGBTQ member or woman whether we’re aware of our existence, it’s like, every day. When I look in the mirror, I see an Asian-American woman.”
Munn said she second-guesses herself in the workplace and added she doesn’t pity the men who have to mind their conduct more carefully now.
“When I go into a meeting and I’m talking, I have to think about three different ways before I say it. ‘How are they going to accept this? …Or will they be pissed off?’ ” she said. “And now we have these men who are expressing these concerns like, ‘Ugh, now I’m not allowed to say this.’ It’s a silly backlash because I think, ‘The rest of us have been doing this forever! Welcome to our world!’ ”
Munn also cited gender inequalities in Hollywood as another factor that holds women back, saying, “When I’m negotiating my contracts, I know that there is somebody (handling) business affairs for the studio or whoever, and it’s usually a man talking to another man, and there’s just this tendency to give men more money every single time. And this whole disparity was created by the people at the top, so we can’t just expect them to change it for us.”
“View” host Sunny Hostin commended Munn on supporting equal pay for the U.S. women’s soccer team. Munn honored the team in a tweet on International Women’s Day on March 8.
The entire U.S. women’s team sued U.S. Soccer in March for gender discrimination, claiming that the foundation “only (pays) lip service to gender equality and continues to practice gender-based discrimination against its champion female employees.”
“I support the @USWNT ⚽️💯 Equal pay and treatment for the REIGNING WORLD CHAMPS,” Munn wrote in her tweet. “Anything less is unacceptable. (Especially when their higher-paid male counterparts failed to reach the World Cup last year.)”
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