He physically pushes a woman backward over and over again to prove his “point” about #MeToo
Tony Robbins is an incredibly well-known life coach and philanthropist who regularly tours the world to promote his self-help ideologies. However, he recently used his massive physical size (he’s about seven feet tall) to intimidate a female audience member while simultaneously denouncing the entire #MeToo movement — so what kind of “self-help” is that, exactly?
In a video shared by Now This, Robbins is standing on stage at one of his massive seminars and talking about how the #MeToo movement is really just about a bunch of angry women looking for “significance.” Basically, he’s not holding back on his misogyny in any way.
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 6, 2018
“If you use the #MeToo movement to try and get significance and certainty by attacking and destroying someone else, you haven’t grown an ounce,” he says. He then accuses women of using #MeToo to make ourselves “feel good.” Well thank you, Tony Robbins, for proving we desperately need cultural change.
Insulting and tone deaf as his opinions may be — especially for a “self-help” guru — that’s not the worst part of the video. A woman in the audience named Nanine McCool, a sexual assault survivor herself, stood up and called him out for “misunderstanding the #MeToo movement.”
So what does Robbins do? He walks his giant body over to her, and begins pushing her backwards and using his imposing size to physically intimidate her. “You’re telling me the more I push, the more I am going to be safe?” Robbins asks McCool and the crowd, trying to prove — well, it’s not sure what point he’s trying to make here other than the fact that he’s a total asshole.
McCool wasn’t having any of it, though. “You’re a leader and an influential man,” she says. “And you are doing a disservice, in my opinion, to the #MeToo movement.” Robbins, who apparently has selective hearing when it comes to women confronting his buffoonery, goes on to tell a story about a “very famous, very powerful man” who’s a client of his, who feels he can’t hire women anymore — “attractive” ones, anyway — because of #MeToo.
And then exactly zero people shed a single tear for Robbins or his probably fictional pal.
I was made aware of this video BEFORE I ever saw it because Tony Robbins people reached out to do damage control within 24 hours. They wanted to “give me context” apparently. I don’t need any. I have eyes. The full video is 11 mins. And it’s gross. Bravo to this woman. https://t.co/gjbm9GF1Mz
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) April 7, 2018
Tarana Burke, creator of #MeToo and powerful advocate, was apparently contacted by Robbins’ PR team, who wanted to do some damage control and get ahead of the story. Nice try, but it’s a “no” from her.
Oh the video is MUCH worse. His misogyny runs deep. To even repeat that story of his ‘friend’ who wouldn’t hire the ‘pretty woman’ as if it’s the MOVEMENT’s fault and not the sexist man’s fault is all you need to hear. It’s deplorable. But SO many folks misunderstand this work.— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) April 7, 2018
And he is clear that he won’t apologize so it is what it is. If you choose to keep supporting him it’s with full knowledge of his views on women and survivors.— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) April 7, 2018
This moment is so damaging especially with how influential @TonyRobbins is. We have a hard enough time trying to shift the narrative about what this movement really is and he stands in front of thousands of his followers and completely misrepresents the @MeTooMVMT— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) April 7, 2018
It seems like many people on Twitter feel Tony Robbins is canceled.
If your famous pal can’t trust himself &/or his coworkers to behave respectfully & professionally around a qualified woman just because she’s attractive then he has a personal or personnel problem it’s not a problem of the #Metoo movement @TonyRobbins https://t.co/desJnEb7Dv
— Daryl Hannah (@dhlovelife) April 6, 2018
His words are bad enough but watching him physically bully this woman is just awful. He should be ashamed. https://t.co/mg2eBhnbtZ
— YesBiscuit (@YesBiscuit) April 7, 2018
Male fragility. Have a damn backbone. Kudos to Ms. McCool https://t.co/KmbAOcSQbt
— Trenton J. Woodley (@twood9891) April 7, 2018
Major kuddos for her courage. I DID NOT LIKE HIM WALKING HER BACKWARDS IN INTIMIDATION! Robbin's, "I was with a very FAMOUS, very POWERFUL man" and how their interests are valued more than #metoo survivors.Tony Robbins needs to just go away.— Vote Blue! (@Ladybugs444) April 7, 2018
What he is saying is a streaming pile of horseshit. No one is using the #MeToo movement to gain "significance". He is deliberately wrong about the movement in an attempt to absolve himself & his buddies of being accountable for deplorable behavior & working conditions. https://t.co/WImoWxay6c
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 7, 2018
There’s so much to unpack in the Tony Robbins video — physical force and intimidation, his warped view of the #MeToo movement, and the fact that so many people worldwide pay him for advice and inspiration. #MeToo exists for myriad of reasons — and Robbins just showed us all that he’s one of them.