Mayim Bialik denied victim blaming Harvey Weinstein accusers, saying "I am deeply, deeply hurt"
Mayim Bialik, the Big Bang Theory star who was accused of “victim blaming” Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, addressed the controversy Monday in a Facebook livestream in which she said she is “deeply hurt” over the backlash and insisted her words were taken out of context.
Bialik, who portrays the geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on the popular sitcom and as a teen starred in Blossom, penned an op-ed for the New York Times on Friday about what it is like to be a feminist in Hollywood and work in an industry “that profits on the objectification of women.”
In the piece, Bialik says she has rarely experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in part because she doesn’t flash her sexuality and try to be a “perfect ten.”
Many people were offended by Bialik’s words, which some said insinuated that women subject themselves to sexual misconduct because of the way they look or dress.
In a tweet Sunday, Bialik said her words were taken out of context.
During a live chat with the New York Times on Monday, she defended herself fully, saying she was not victim blaming or “passing judgment” on women who don’t dress as modestly as she does.
Bialik wrote the New York Times op-ed as several women in Hollywood were coming forward with claims that Weinstein sexually harassed or raped them. Weinstein has denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex,” according to his spokesperson.