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Mayim Bialik Apologizes After Being Accused of Victim-Blaming Sexual Assault Survivors

Mayim Bialik is apologizing after receiving backlash for a New York Times op-ed she wrote about the allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein.

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In the piece published on Friday, October 13, Bialik, 41, wrote that as a way of being “self-protecting and wise,” she has decided “that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”

Many readers, including fellow actresses Emily Ratajkowski and Gabrielle Union, were quick to condemn the Big Bang Theory star for the essay, in which she also described the “luxury” of being an “average-looking” person in Hollywood, noting that it appeared she was blaming victims of sexual assault for their wardrobe choices.

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Mayim Bialik attends the People’s Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

During a Facebook Live video with The New York Times’ opinion section on Monday, October 16, the actress apologized for the way her words were perceived.

“I have stayed off social media, but it has become clear to me that there are people who think that I either implied or overtly stated that you can be protected from assault because of the clothing that you wear or the behavior that you exhibit,” she said. “That is absolutely not what my intention was, and I think that it is safe for me to start this conversation by saying there is no way to avoid being the victim of assault by what you wear or the way you behave.”

 She added: “I really do regret that this became what it became, because literally I was trying to speak about a very specific experience I had in a very specific industry — I was not looking to speak about assault and rape in general.”

“I’m a human being, and there’s a lot that I’ve chosen not to share, but absolutely I am deeply, deeply hurt if any women who has been assaulted — or man — thinks that in any way I was victim-blaming,” she continued. “In 900 words, I did the best I could to describe an entire, very complicated dynamic that is really best left for a thesis or an hourlong talk.”

Bialik mentioned Weinstein by name in the text. As previously reported, The New York Times and The New Yorker published investigative pieces that detailed multiple alleged accounts of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein spanning more than three decades. While Weinstein has denied rape allegations against him, many celebrities including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Minka Kelly and more have come forward with alleged personal accounts of harassment from him. In the wake of the news, Weinstein was fired from his own company and his wife of 10 years, Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving him.

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Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Photo Showing Her Holding Decapitated Donald Trump Head

Kathy Griffin took to Twitter on Tuesday, May 30, to apologize for a photo that showed her holding a bloody, decapitated head resembling Donald Trump, after she was slammed on social media by liberals and conservatives alike.

“Hey everybody, it’s me, Kathy Griffin,” she said in a video message on Tuesday. “I sincerely apologize. I’m just now seeing the reaction to these images. I’m a comic. I cross the line. I move the line then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career, I will continue. I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. I’m going to ask the photographer to take down the image and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a big mistake and I was wrong.”

Griffin caused outrage across the internet on Tuesday after the image taken by photographer Tyler Shields surfaced online. “Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” the comedian said in a behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube.

The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. condemned the photo, tweeting that it was “Disgusting but not surprising.”

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On the other side of the aisle, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, wrote on Twitter, “This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”

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Several conservatives expressed outrage online and called for Griffin and photographer Shields to be investigated and arrested. The U.S. Secret Service responded to the controversy, tweeting that it was “On it!” and adding that the branch “has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats.”

Anderson Cooper, who has hosted CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast with Griffin, tweeted on Tuesday night: “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

Oliver Darcy, CNN’s senior media reporter, tweeted comments from a CNN spokesperson, who said, “We found what she did disgusting and offensive. We are pleased to see she has apologized.” Darcy added that the New Year’s Eve special was being evaluated.

 

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