John Krasinski has a message for men engaging in the #MeToo movement.
In a new interview with Playboy, “The Office” star spoke about the movement against sexual harassment and assault, encouraging men to participate in solutions.
But Krasinski also cautioned men on resting too easily on doing very little. “If you’re a male CEO and you don’t harass people, don’t pat yourself on the back,” he said. “Get other people to be more like you.”
Discussing how the #MeToo movement has come up in his own marriage to actress Emily Blunt, Krasinski admitted he “felt terrible and borderline embarrassed” that he hadn’t discussed the issue of harassment with her before.
The actor went on to talk about the biggest forces at play in sexual violence and the need for systemic changes. “This is a much bigger movement than just sexual harassment,” he explained. “Sexual harassment is the by-product of a system that failed women a long time ago… the sexual-harassment stuff is the disgusting by-product that is shaking people up and making people awake, but I hope we don’t stop there.”
“I think it’s a conversation about power more than anything else,” Krasinski continued. “To me, that’s what’s so palpably powerful. It’s not as a father of two daughters or the husband of a wife who’s a strong feminist woman in the business. It’s as a human being. I think it’s a human being level that we should all be talking about.”