In offices, churches or around groups of ignorant men, you may hear the sentiment that men can’t say or do certain things around women any more because of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement. The conversations start like, “I was going to compliment your outfit but you know, I don’t want a #MeToo situation on our hands.” Or “If I say you’re pretty today, don’t try and sue me ten years later on some #MeToo stuff.”
These comments are infuriating not only because they mock and belittle the movement. But also because the distinction between giving a woman a compliment and sexually objectifying or assaulting her are two different things. And despite some of their protesting, men know this. It’s the reason so many of these men spent years and millions trying to hide their actions. They knew they were wrong.
But instead of doing the work to make sure they don’t find themselves being called out for problematic behavior, they’d rather attack the movement. Thankfully, our collective crush Idris Elba is not on this bullshit.
During a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the interviewer asked Elba if it was difficult being a man in Hollywood since the #MeToo movement went mainstream last year.
Elba had the perfect response.
“It’s only difficult if you are a man with something to hide.”
The response was immediately applauded by some pretty noteable women on the internet. See what they had to say below.