While promoting her new Travel Channel show where she visits archaeological sites and points out objects that look like a magic wand, Megan Fox made some remarkably profound comments on why she’s never come forward with her own #MeToo experiences. And if you’re thinking it’s a kind of dick move to act surprised by Megan Fox saying something smart, hold that thought.
From The New York Times:
I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward. And because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likable.
Even with the #MeToo movement, and everyone coming out with stories — and one could assume that I probably have quite a few stories, and I do — I didn’t speak out for many reasons. I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.
I can’t believe I’m about to say these words, but Megan Fox is right. Despite the fact that she has a documented history of calling out Michael Bay’s creepy-ass behavior, if Fox were to come forward with her own accounts of sexual harassment — which would clearly be entirely plausible — her experiences would have a high probability of being dismissed because her career has been defined by an ability to attract the male gaze. And even though she’ll be the first to say that she’s leaned into that image, being hot doesn’t mean Megan Fox was “asking for it.”
Of course, what makes Fox’s #MeToo comments especially frustrating is that they occur in the same interview where she goes full Ancient Aliens truther and refers to herself as a powerful psychic. Yeah…
How did “Ancient Aliens,” a controversial show about prehistoric extraterrestrial visits to Earth, inspire you to create your own series?
I had never read Erich von Däniken’s book [“Chariots of the Gods”], and that’s the first time I had ever heard of the ancient astronaut theory [which posits that extraterrestrials brought their pyramid- and monolith-building technologies to Earth during prehistoric times]. It expanded my consciousness about things I had always questioned and provided a steppingstone to keep exploring.
You’ve said that your theories are alternative, while your production team is more science-based. Have they ever gone, “Megan, you’re off the wall?”
They don’t say that I’m off the wall because they’ve been around me enough to see that even if they perceive things I say to be kooky or strange, they always come true. So I’m kind of a revered psychic at this point with everyone.
Just so everyone is clear: Ancient astronauts is racist bullshit. At first glance, it might seem like nothing more than catnip for stoners and conspiracy theorists, but in reality, it’s white supremacist propaganda that suggests there’s no way brown people could build insane archaeological achievements without E.T. giving them a hand.
Do I think Megan Fox believes in this crap because she’s racist? No. Do I think she should apply a little more brain power into wondering why no one is claiming the Parthenon was built through the power of anal probes? Uh huh.
But conspiracy theories aside, Megan Fox has definitely stumbled upon a blind spot in the #MeToo movement even if her central point was she’s always right about everything. Would people take “you know who I mean, the girl who bends over the car in Transformers” seriously if she started naming her abusers? Or would they start taking cracks at her belief that aliens built the pyram- wait. Dammit.
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