Famous actress Sharon Stone gave a lengthy interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine and she slammed the mass media obsession with ‘sexual predators’, saying that not all men accused of various sexual offenses/misbehavior should be punished in the same way. Here’s the quote:
‘In every crime there are misdemeanors and felonies, and I think if someone’s committed a misdemeanor they can’t be treated like they’ve committed a felony. You can’t charge someone for murder when they’ve got a parking ticket.’
Sharon Stone did not try to excuse Harvey Weinstein, who according to her should be locked up, but warned about the current hysteria which can destroy one’s life and career on a simple accusation, i.e. with no proof whatsoever, you’re presumed guilty until proven innocent. The same comments were made by Matt Damon a while ago, another actor who faced backlash from the #metoo movement following his statement about the obvious ‘difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation’.
About the Weinstein case, Sharon Stone said:
‘I hope he goes to jail, he is coarse and mean and violent and abusive. He thinks he’s a big martyr but he’s a pisher [a nobody]. We have two legs. You can leave a room. You can say “stop it”. You have an opportunity not to participate.’
[Harassment] doesn’t start when you get to Hollywood. It starts when you’re little. Don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for the generations of women who came before us who no one stood up for at all. Women like my grandmother who was beaten by her husband almost every day. I stand up for them.
Sharon Stone’s interview was made before the airing of her new TV series Mosaic, which is a 6 part murder-mystery flick that’ll start next month on Sky Atlantic. When asked about sexual-assault allegations, Sharon Stone explained her position:
I understand that people are intimidated by powerful people, but what are we leveraging ourselves for? Leveraging yourself [for your career] and then being angry about it later – you have to ask yourself what you participated in. What did you want so badly that you were willing to stay through a humiliating experience?’
Rape and assault are a different story, but you have two legs and you have a mouth. There are a lot of people in my career who didn’t like me, who said that I was a bitch. But because I didn’t do things I was asked to do…’
So refreshing to have a beautiful, strong and confident woman who knows the industry speak so openly and honestly and verbalizing everything that everyone is really thinking anyway. Basically, Sharon Stone is saying that women and men alike should hold themselves accountable and responsible for their own decisions, and stop blaming other people for their own poor judgement.