Add Jamie Lee Curtis to the growing list of Hollywood stars to publicly condemn Harvey Weinstein, who is also revealing that she was sexually harassed.
The “Scream Queens” star opened up about her ordeal in an op-ed she wrote for HuffPost, in which she excoriates Weinstein along with fashion designer Donna Karan, who appeared to defend his sexual harassment of women by wondering if women were “asking for it” by wearing provocative outfits (she later claimed her comments, which were recorded on video, were taken out of context).
“I this how we have evolved?” writes Curtis of Karan. “Is this what the women’s movement, feminism and, more recently, the women’s march has yielded? A fellow woman, one who makes her living dressing famous women in tight, sexy dresses and one who built her empire to do her good works all over the world, would throw these brave women under the bus in a weird, mean girl version of slut shaming?”
In her piece, Curtis also wonders how the Weinstein scandal “seemingly rocked the entertainment business” despite the fact that “so many claim to have known about Mr. Weinstein’s aggression and harassment and lecherous doings.”
In addition, Curtis reveals that “I, too, have been subjected to my own private, personal versions of sexual harassment on the job. Did I ask for it? No. What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.”
If there’s a silver lining, writes Curtis, it’s that exposing Weinstein for who he truly is will open dialogue about the ongoing abuse of women in Hollywood that’s been going on since the phrase “casting couch” first entered the lexicon.
“Perhaps this grotesque power play to ‘get some’ by this brutish thug of a man and the attempts by him, his lawyer, his board and famous friends to, once again, keep it under wraps and blame the victim will fail,” she adds. “Perhaps the truth will out other sexual harassment, be it from a governor or a president or a presidential candidate or studio head or movie star or executive or anyone else complicit in this billionaire boys club bullsh*t that will come to an inglorious end.”
Curtis concludes: “To quote the great Helen Reddy, ‘I am woman hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.'”