Many years ago, Megan Fox made headlines in a huge way when she spoke out against Michael Bay. She dropped revelation after revelation, dishing all about how the only direction she got from him on the Transformers set was to “Be hot” or “Just be sexy.”
She also spoke about how at 15, she was told by the director to dance under a waterfall in heels and a bikini while filming Bad Boys II.
Megan was fearless, bravely speaking out against one of the industry’s biggest power players. Her desire to be heard, to bring into light the nasty experiences she went through as a pretty young thing in Hollywood, was very apparent in every word, every fact she dished.
Her statements rocked Tinseltown.
But unfortunately, though her allegations made waves and got a lot of attention, it wasn’t for the better. Rather, Megan found herself on the receiving end of a heck of a lot of negativity.
Now, a decade after Megan came out with her story, countless others are finding their voice and making their own stories heard. And unlike Megan, present day’s #MeToo movement has paved the way for a more woke world, so to speak. These individuals are now being heard, supported, lauded for their courage.
And noticeably, Megan isn’t among those who are speaking out now.
Which made a lot of people wonder: Why isn’t she taking part and standing up in solidarity with everyone else? Has her mindset changed about wanting to fight the good fight and make the world a better place?
The short answer is No – It’s not that her passion, her fire has burned out. The reality is that Megan’s just been badly burned by her previous experiences.
In an interview with the New York Times, the 32-year-old actress opened up about why she has chosen to stay silent now:
“My words were taken and used against me in a way that was — at that time in my life, at that age and dealing with that level of fame — really painful. 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.”
Megan elaborated further, speaking honestly about how the reaction she got back then has greatly influenced her decision to not speak out now:
“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 also feel like I’m not the universal hammer of justice. This is not to say that other people shouldn’t do what they feel is right. But in my circumstance, I don’t feel it’s my job to punish someone because they did something bad to me.”