On Friday, Mayim Bialik wrote an op-ed entitled "Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein's World" for The New York Times, in which she said she didn't find Weinstein's alleged "predation" surprising, and went on to state, "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy."
Some on social media have taken Bialik to task for what they view as "victim-blaming" — and her critics are not random Twitter trolls, but other famous names.
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette responded in a tweet, "I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me. It's not clothing." Arquette also recently recalled a "weird" encounter with director Oliver Stone.
@missmayim229 I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me. It's not clothing.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 14, 2017
On Sunday, actress Gabrielle Union tweeted about being raped while working at a Payless shoe store, emphasizing that while her assault occurred during an armed robbery, she "was still asked by a female 'friend' what I had worn."
Reminder. I got raped at work at a Payless shoe store. I had on a long tunic & leggings so miss me w/ "dress modestly" shit.— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 15, 2017
Model and actress Amanda Duarte responded sarcastically to Bialik, congratulating her for being "too SMART to be PRETTY ENOUGH to get raped."
Really want to again congratulate @missmayim on being too SMART to be PRETTY ENOUGH to get raped. What a great take to give to the world.— Amanda Duarte (@duarteamanda) October 14, 2017
The angry responses are hitting home for Bialik, who responded on Twitter that she did not intend to blame women for their sexual assaults based on their clothing choices. "It's so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women," she wrote. She went on to invite her critics and everyone interested to join her for a Facebook Live chat Monday morning.
In the meantime, People magazine has compiled a list of over 50 entertainment figures who have spoken out about the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.