Mark Ruffalo Explains Why More Men Aren’t Speaking Up About Sexual Harassment

Some have expressed frustration that more men within the entertainment industry aren’t speaking up in support of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, and Mark Ruffalo has a theory about why that may be happening.

“I think it’s really important,” Ruffalo said in an interview with Buzzfeed’s online morning show “AM to DM”. “I mean, I think that they’re afraid.”

Co-host Julia Walsh, however, wonders what exactly men are afraid of. “I’m not sure,” Ruffalo said. “I think maybe they’re afraid of being accused, I think they may be afraid of feeling like they didn’t do enough or say enough. I’m not sure, but I don’t know why they’re not being asked more.”

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The 50-year-old “Avengers” star admitted that while he sees a “willingness” from men in the industry to speak out, he thinks they may be fearful of not speaking in a manner “that’s respectful about it.”

He added: “It’s a fragility there. A fear of saying the wrong thing and then being called out, but you know, we have to drop our fear and our fragility, because when you’re privileged, you have a voice and right now men are privileged. [Men] have a privilege over women, it’s just the way it is. And so, we have to make a space inside of our privilege, a safe space for women to speak up.”

Ultimately, Ruffalo said he’s hopeful that more males will lend their voices to these movements. “I’m hoping that more and more actors — men — will do it,” he said, adding: “And there are ones that do, it’s just we need more.”

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