Sunny Anderson: I Refuse To Call Sexual Assault Victims Who “Come Out Of The Woodwork” Brave
In a time when women are speaking up in droves about the sexual abuse they’ve endured and finding their voice in a society that routinely silences victims of sexual assault and passes inappropriate behavior off as “boys being boys,” it’s extremely counterproductive for a woman to shame those individuals too. But that’s exactly what Sunny Anderson did this past Saturday when she said women jumping on the “me too” bandwagon in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal are anything but brave.
While Weinstein headlines are what prompted Sunny’s harsh critique, the subtext of the situation is quite personal to the Food Network personality based on these tweets, most of which have since been deleted. The conversation seems to have started with the tweet below, which was followed by a personal anecdote from Sunny explaining how she feels if women at her previous job had spoken up about the sexual harassment they were subjected to she wouldn’t have been a victim as well.
“When I reported my 1st radio boss for sexual harassment, I felt brave,” “The 4 co-workers that came out AFTER me were not brave to me…at all. In fact I blamed them and still do for not being BRAVE and reporting him before he had a chance to make one more victim.
“So, as all these women come out of the woodwork…ask yourself… were they complicit in their silence? Complicit when taking payoffs?
“I refuse to call the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 10th person to come out and say, ‘me too’, BRAVE. We can call them LATE though … of I can.
“Anyone wondering how/why some of these women even stepped in a hotel room???, Anyone? Are people too afraid to ask?
Unsurprisingly, the 42-year-old’s words sparked enormous backlash from celebrities and everyday individuals alike.”
And though Sunny initially issued the apology below from her Twitter account, she’s subsequently deleted the tweet, implying she’s actually not sorry for her victim-blaming and still stands by her words.
“I’ve deleted my obviously polarizing & offensive statement. As a victim & warrior against sexual harassment in the work place, I apologize.”
In fact, when a commenter suggested the backlash was rough for her, she completely dismissed the idea, and obviously any of the lessons that were imparted in her mentions.
Perhaps if Sunny won’t hold herself accountable for her divisive words, the Food Network will. What do you think about her tweets?