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Mayim Bialik, one of the stars of the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” received criticism on social media Saturday over an op-ed she wrote for The New York Times about the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein.
Many reacted to the op-ed negatively, saying that it was victim blaming, especially because Bialik wrote,”I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”
Bialik also wrote, “I quickly learned even as a preteen actress that young girls with doe eyes and pouty lips who spoke in a high register were favored for roles by the powerful men who made those decisions,” which some interpreted as blaming women’s looks for their sexual harassment or assault.
Bialik has since responded to the backlash. On her official Facebook page, she wrote:
“I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior,” she wrote. “Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”
She also announced she would be doing a Facebook Live with the New York Times on Monday.