Vivica A. Fox Shares Her Thoughts On #MeToo: “I Can’t Say I Haven’t Been Hit On…I Just Tried to Make Better Choices”
Activist Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement gave voice to countless women who have been the victims of sexual assault. The campaign went mainstream when Hollywood actresses stood in solidarity against entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein and men in his position who leverage their power to abuse women and men.
“I’ve been fortunate that it hasn’t happened in my career,” she told the site.
“I can’t say I haven’t been hit on. … I just tried to make better choices. … But I respect those that speak out and I’m all about women’s empowerment… and not being taken advantage of.”
Her language of “trying to make better choices” is a little questionable, considering victims of coercion or abuse are often psychologically manipulated into performing deeds that are outside of the realm of choice or autonomy. Her explanation teetered the boundary between respectability politics and understanding.
She continued, “I’m happy about the #MeToo movement for the simple fact that it brought exposure to those who were abusing their power,” she said. “However, I’m not happy with those who are using the #MeToo movement to be an excuse to take down people… It takes two to tango.”
Addding, “And it doesn’t happen just in show business. It happens in a lot of different genres. … If someone is offering you a shortcut, don’t do it.”
Fox’s advice to women in the industry:
“You’ve got to do the work,” said Fox. “If someone is trying to offer you an opportunity through the casting couch, don’t do it!”