After the Me Too Movement and with the recent increase in support for the Black Lives Matter Movement, people are becoming more confident in reporting problem behaviors when they see it.
As such, an old Megan Fox interview with Jimmy Kimmel has been circulating on social media this week.
The clip, taken from 2009, was shared to highlight how young girls are not always treated as they should be.
A woman named Liz posted the video on Twitter, where it went viral, garnering thousands of likes and retweets.
Along with this, Liz wrote: “2009 clip where Megan Fox tells a story about Michael Bay sexualizing her at age 15.
“The crowd laughs and Kimmel makes rude jokes. Teen girls who are attacked by older men have never been serious and still aren’t.”
In the clip, Megan remembers the time she was extra in Bad Boys II at the age of 15.
She says, “I had just turned 15 and was an extra in Bad Boys II. They were filming this club scene and they brought me in.
“I was wearing this striped and star bikini and a red cowboy hat and like six-inch heels and he [Michael Bay] They approved it and said, ‘You know Michael, he’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar and she can’t have a drink in her hand.’
“So, his solution to that problem was to make me dance under a waterfall getting wet. At 15 I was in tenth grade.
“That’s kind of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
Kimmel chimes in at this point and adds, “That’s really a microcosm of how all of our minds work, but some of us have the decency to suppress those thoughts and pretend they don’t exist.”
Fox simply responds by saying, “Correct.”
So far, more than six million people have watched the video and many shared their thoughts, calling it “disgusting” and admitting that it was “uncomfortable” to watch it.
One person replied, “I think Fox’s reaction shows a lot. She is clearly visibly upset by Kimmel’s reaction, but can’t say anything to her horrible joke. This is terrible to watch, it’s a kind of abuse in real time. Even a high star celebrity is not immune. “
Another tweeted: “When she ran her hands down her legs, trying to protect herself, to hide, the poor girl felt very uncomfortable.”
A third wrote: “It was definitely very difficult to see and very uncomfortable. From his later comments to the audience laughing when there was nothing funny. Disappointed in him and the audience.”
Someone else replied, “Just the description makes me nauseous. I won’t see it, but I appreciate knowing about this. @JimmyKimmel did you ever apologize for this? What have you done to amend Mrs. Fox?”
“Oh my, that’s gross,” added a different user.
Since then, Fox has responded to backlash over the resurfaced interview in a comment on Instagram.
She posted: “Please listen to me when I appreciate your support. But these specific injustices were inconsequential on a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some truly heartbreaking experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.”
“There are many names that deserve to go viral in the cancellation culture right now, but they are safely stored in the fragmented cutouts of my heart.”
“But when it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, I was never sexually assaulted or attacked.
“I am grateful to all of you who are brave enough to speak and I am grateful to all of you who are taking care of supporting, uplifting, and comforting those who have been hurt by a violent and toxic society. Paradigm.”
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