Megan Fox has revealed why she kept quiet when other actresses were coming forward with their #MeToo stories.
Fox, 32, who has strong opinions about Hollywood and how it undervalues women, was asked whether her career was negatively impacted by her views.
The actress told the New York Times when questioned on whether she thinks the public now owe her an apology: “I mean, that’s a lovely sentiment, and I appreciate that.”
She added of one article which was written in her defence: “I don’t know that I want to feel anything about it because my words were taken and used against me in a way that was — at that time in my life, at that age and dealing with that level of fame — really painful.
“I don’t want to say this about myself but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward. And because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likable.”
Fox continued: “Even with the MeToo movement, and everyone coming out with stories — and one could assume that I probably have quite a few stories, and I do — I didn’t speak out for many reasons.
“I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. And I thought, if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.”
The actress added that there was nothing else she wanted to say “because I also feel like I’m not the universal hammer of justice.”
She insisted, “This is not to say that other people shouldn’t do what they feel is right. But in my circumstance, I don’t feel it’s my job to punish someone because they did something bad to me.”