“I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.”
Last year, at the height of the #MeToo movement, Lindsay Lohan was one of the few celebrities to come out in support of Harvey Weinstein. In a since-deleted Instagram video, she said: “I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. He’s never harmed me or did anything to me. We’ve done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So, stand up.”
One of the most dangerous responses to public allegations of sexual assault is assuming that just because a person didn’t do you harm, that means he or she couldn’t have done harm to someone else. And now, adding more unhelpful rhetoric to the global conversation around sexual harassment and abuse, she said in an interview with British newspaper The Times that women who speak out about their experiences are “weak.”
“I’m going to really hate myself for saying this,” Lohan told the interviewer, “but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.”
She also seems to believe that some of the allegations of abuse reported by women are done for the wrong reasons. “You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention.” Further discrediting victims who may (understandably) choose not to speak out immediately following an assault, she said, “If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report.”
There are enough people out there criticizing, faulting and disbelieving women who come forward with their painful stories. We don’t need an influencer with over 20 million followers across various social media channels perpetuating the same rhetoric.