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No excuses. No explanations. No new attempts at blame anyone for misunderstanding her point.
Mayim Bialik has finally just apologized.
The Big Bang Theory has been raked over the Internet coals for several days now, ever since she penned an op-ed for The New York Times in which she addressed the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal…
… and partly blamed the victims of rape for the situations they get in.
“As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms,” Bialik actually wrote, expounding:
“Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money.”
Bialik went on to encourage women to dress modestly, acknowledging that a woman “should” be able to dress however she wants, but that simply isn’t the world in which we reside.
“Nothing – absolutely nothing – excuses men for assaulting or abusing women,” the actress said, making a statement about which no one should disagree.
Yet she then qualified it as follows:
“But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.”
But perhaps you should try to change it and to raise awareness… but lecture women about their attitude or wardrobe and not blaming victims of assault in any way, shape or form.
After getting rightfully ripped online for her editorial, Bialik went after her “vicious” critics, saying people just didn’t get her point of view.
She then tried to clarify her comments, saying, for one thing, that she was only addressing the insular world of Hollywood and not speaking on rape in general.
Now, at last, Bialik has simply said she is sorry.
“I want to address my op-ed in the NY Times, and the reaction to it,” a note Tweeted from the actress opens.
“Let me say clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry. What you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault, nor does the way you dress or act in any way make you responsible for being assaulted; you are never responsible for being assaulted.”
As more and more women speak out on their awful experiences, Bialik also praised these brave and admirable actresses, singers and general Internet users.
“I applaud the bravery of the women who have come forward,” she added.
“I support these women as we seek out and demand accountability from the only ones responsible for assault and rape: the people who perpetrate these heinous crimes.
“I am motivated and driven to work hard to empower women.”
“I am truly sorry for causing so much pain, and I hope you can all forgive me.”
It’s very possible that Bialik had noble intentions when she wrote her controversial op-ed.
She may have legitimately been trying to help women stay out of harm’s way.
But, wow, did she misfire.
We’re just glad she has finally come to this conclusion and said the only thing one can say when it comes to sexual assault:
It is ALWAYS the fault of the perpetrator and the perpetrator only.
So Chelsea Houska is probably the most popular Teen Mom out of all the Teen Moms, right?
All the other moms have had their own scandals — too many baby daddies, too many arrests, that sort of thing.
Even Maci Bookout, the favorite on Teen Mom OG, has been accused of having a drinking problem, and even of drinking while pregnant with her third child.
Chelsea, meanwhile, lives a quiet, simple life with her precious family and all her precious pets.
Looking back, the worst thing about her was her refusal to let go of her relationship with Adam Lind, but since she’s married with a new baby with Cole DeBoer these days, it’s probably safe to say her Adam-obsessed days are behind her.
(Also she’s called him a sociopath and shades him on the show regularly, so there’s that.)
Considering all of that, it’s easy to see why Chelsea is the fan favorite, right?
But while it’s understandable that people love her, this new issue that she’s discussing on Twitter?
It’s 100% inexcusable.
“I love you guys and appreciate the support and love u have for my fam,” she tweeted over the weekend, “but pleease don’t come to our home..it makes us really uncomfortable.”
And if that’s not scary enough, she added that “Unfortunately it’s been happening enough lately where I just felt like I had to say something.”
So people are finding out where Chelsea lives and actually visiting her house?
And not just a few people, but enough to make her feel compelled to make a statement like this?
No. No no no. Nope.
Despite being on a reality show, Chelsea is obviously a somewhat private person — and even if she wasn’t, that shouldn’t give fans an invitation to drop by her home.
She’s also at this weird level of fame where she’s big enough that people know who she is and obviously want to reach out to her, but not big enough to have any kind of real security on a day-to-day basis.
Like, you know this sort of thing wouldn’t fly with a Kardashian, but the Teen Mom girls are just out in South Dakota or Delaware or wherever, trying to live relatively normal lives while also starring on a huge reality show.
They don’t live in wealthy gated communities, they don’t really have the ability to keep their addresses unlisted anywhere.
To up the fear factor even more, Chelsea revealed this horrifying little tale …
“When I was pregnant with Watson I had someone come to my door,” she tweeted. “I answered thinking it was UPS or FedEx w a package.”
“They proceeded to touch my pregnant belly and ask me personal questions about my life.”
And it turns out that Chelsea isn’t the only Teen Mom who has to deal with this kind of thing — Kailyn Lowry responded to her original tweet, writing “Thank you for tweeting this!!!!! Agreed.”
Catelynn Lowell also responded, saying “It has also happened to @TylerBaltierra and I and you are correct it feels so uncomfortable…”
So OK, listen up, fellow Teen Mom superfans.
We know these are some delightful shows. We’ve seen so much of these girls’ lives, we’ve seen their ups and downs since they were 16 and Pregnant, and it does feel like we know them.
But we don’t. At all. And to act otherwise, to show up to their homes like they owe you something is just not something that needs to be done.
Tone down the creepiness, reel yourself in, and just watch the show and stalk their social media accounts like the rest of us.
There’s no need to be this sketchy.
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Can Bella Thorne please just live her life?!
Like, at this point, we know the drill: she likes to wear revealing outfits, and she enjoys sharing racy selfies on social media.
She’s an adult, she can make those kinds of decisions.
It is really not that big of a deal.
But the way people attack her and shame her for showing some cleavage or exposing a nipple, you’d think she was some kind of demonic she-beast from hell.
Instead of, you know, an absolutely gorgeous woman who’s been kind enough to let us look at her.
This is all coming up, by the way, because of an appearance Bella made at New York Fashion Week a couple of days ago.
She showed up wearing this ensemble:
A pink sweatsuit altered to show a healthy amount of underboob — classic Bella, right?
But while this is how she looked while posing for photos, paparazzi got some different shots, including a candid one of her pointing and talking to someone.
Her gestures made her shirt ride up, revealing a bit more of her body than she probably intended.
And, like the gem he is, Perez Hilton posted that particular photo to his Instagram page, inviting users to caption the photo and also tagging all of her famous exes.
That’s weird, right?
Seriously, he tagged Scott Disick, Charlie Puth, Gregg Sulkin, Black Bear, and even Disney, like they’re somehow relevant here.
And he’s been in the business long enough to know that by posting a photo like that and asking followers to caption it, he’s basically asking people to be awful.
Lots of people were awful — the comments on the photo are full of nasty, hateful remarks.
But thankfully, many people rose above that kind of thing and said that she looks beautiful and confident and plenty of other nice things.
The drama was far from over though.
Over on Twitter, one user asked a general question about that time that Perez “pledged to be kinder,” but instead continues to participate in body-shaming.
He responded with “Body shaming????”, apparently not knowing what this person was referring to.
She told him “You posted a picture of @bellathorne with a fill in the blank because you knew people would body and slut shame her. Same thing.”
He disagreed, but that’s when Bella herself stepped into the conversation.
“Honestly I don’t,” she wrote. “You know I love you p but I think it’s kinda rude to use the pic my shirt is riding up and I’m in the middle of talking.”
“Esp when there’s a lot of great photos,” she added. “Kinda seems like you want more people to pick on me. If I wasn’t sad enough about it already.”
She has a point, doesn’t she? Especially if she and Perez are friends, like they seem to be.
Bella also tweeted “And then you tag charlie and like other guys on my body trying to start drama and trying to make me feel disgusting.. like they own my body.”
Aww, Bella …
Perez explained that he tagged those guys “so the photo would come up in more searches,” and he said that it “didn’t occur to me you would interpret it that way. Sorry again.”
It was a half-assed apology, and plenty of people called him out on it.
His response to that?
“I’d do it again, tbh.”
“YOU WOULD DO IT AGAIN!?” Bella asked. “R u serious? Yeah you would like posting a photo of Ariel in a bikini to get views on a podcast?”
(Because also this week, Perez made an Instagram post promoting a new episode of his podcast, and he used a completely unrelated photo of Ariel Winter in a bikini as the image for the post.)
“I hope no one does this to your daughter,” she added.
Finally, Perez said “I’m tired of this convo, but I will give you one last tweet. HOW is saying ‘Fill in the blank! @BellaThorne _____” me making fun of her?”
And still, the fact remains that for as many years as he’s been doing this kind of thing, he knows good and well the kinds of things people would say about such a photo.
Besides, how hard would it be to just make a genuine apology after Bella made it clear how upset she was?
Again, can this girl just live?!