Lohan believes immediately filing a police report is the only response to sexual assault
Child actress Lindsay Lohan had some words about the #MeToo movement while promoting an upcoming reality show set in Greece — namely that the women who come forward to talk about their stories “look weak.”
In an interview with the Times Lohan unpacked a few topics: the beach she bought to spite an ex-boyfriend, her home in Dubai, the fact that U.S. tabloids were out to get her, and that women who take time to speak out after being sexually victimized are just weak attention seekers who “don’t even know who they are.”
According to the Times, the 32-year-old actress was asked whether she had any MeToo-worthy moments during her career. “So, I don’t really have anything to say. I can’t speak on something I didn’t live, right?” Lohan said. Then words came out of her mouth anyways.
“Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways,” she noted. But then she made a seemingly innocuous point of the timeframe in which people come forward. “If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment,” she said. “You make it a real thing by making it a police report. I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women.”
Obviously more than a few people had thoughts:
— Julie Rageys (@JulieRgs) August 9, 2018
Lindsay Lohan doesn't get to publicly shame or dictate the amount of time sexual assault victims spend healing or when they're allowed to report what happened. If #MeToo makes women look 'weak' then that is a fundamental problem with society, not with victims. #fuckoffLohan
— Scribbler @ Tampa Bay Comic Con (@ObabScribbler) August 9, 2018
Lindsay Lohan's #MeToo comments are naive, stupid and quite frankly dangerous. You don't support women and then say stuff like that. Not reporting something at the time doesn't then mean you have to ignore it forever.
— David Bedwell (@DavidBedwell) August 9, 2018
It’s not the first time Lohan has spoken out on the matter. In October 2017, she released a now-deleted Instagram video defending Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by more than 70 women of everything from rape to forcing women to watch him beat off.
Perhaps what makes a woman look weak is undermining other women. It’s dismissing the actual events that happened to each individual person and devolving the power behind them because these women and men didn’t address it the exact moment it happened. Or maybe it’s assuming you know more about what it actually took that individual to come forward and uniformly assuming “success” has a singular meaning.
“You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention,” the Mean Girls star continued. “That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”
Nothing can take away from the fact that it happened. Not society, not the perpetrator, and certainly not Lindsay fucking Lohan.