Lindsay Lohan, oh what a mistake you’ve made. Speaking out against the #Metoo movement is almost like committing career suicide right now. This is women’s time to shine, a moment where listening should be cherished over speaking. For years, men, and some women as well, have tried to stifle the stories of sexual harassment in the workplace, and in everyday life. Now, those victim’s voices are ringing louder than ever, and it is considerably idiotic to try to insult someone who is detailing their experiences with sexual abuse. Lohan sat down for an interview with British publication The Times, and made some ill-advised comments about the #Metoo movement.
“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment,” Lohan stated, referring to victims who have come out to confess years later. “You make it a real thing by making it a police report. I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.” After receiving a fair amount of backlash for her comments, Lohan is backtracking with an apology.
The actress spoke with People, and released a statement regarding the interview with The Times. “I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times,” Lohan stated. “The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it. However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused.”
“I feel very strongly about the #MeToo movement and have the utmost respect and admiration for the women brave enough to come forward and speak out about their experiences,” she continued. “Their testimony has served to protect those who can’t speak, and give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard.”