Tracee Ellis Ross appeared on “The Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show on Tuesday night to address the latest Hollywood high-profile sexual harassment and assault allegations. The “Black-ish” star delivered a monologue that clearly explained her intention for being on the show.
“As a woman with a big platform like this, there is something that I wanted to talk about tonight, and that’s the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal,” she said. “First of all, let’s start with the fact that it isn’t…a Hollywood sex scandal…it is a systemic problem about the abuse of power that takes place across all industries and has enabled a culture of inequity to persist for far too long.”
Preach Tracee! With Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons, and Matt Lauer taking professional falls because of their sexual misconduct, brave women (and men) are speaking up about the harassment they’ve experienced at the hands of men like these. We women have all, to a certain extent, experienced sexual harassment or heard about it from a friend, so we are not particularly shocked by what’s going on in the news, but there is a certain sub-group that is. Tracee addressed them directly:
“…it seems like quite a few men are [surprised]. Treating another human being with respect isn’t complicated, but it seems a bit confusing for a lot of men out there. SO (drama all hers), I wrote a book….for men that is going to make this really simple and just bring it back to the basics.”
It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to understand how power dynamics work, but for some dim-witted men, it does. So, Tracee broke it down in book form so that they can understand. “It’s kind of like a children’s book,” she said, and it’s called “Handsy Men.” The 45-year-old actress said it’s only part 1 of a 67-part series. Oh, boy.
She read the whole thing and can you guess what the moral of the story is? If you can’t, then you’re the person she wrote this book for. Check it out below: