Olivia Munn has taken aim at several Hollywood heavyweights accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo movement, shaming them for believing they can ‘just push past it’.
Joined by her co-stars from The Rook, Munn sat down with Buzzfeed’s AM2DM morning show on Thursday and talked about #MeToo’s impact on the entertainment industry.
The actress said there needs to be consequences for abusers, many of whom haven’t made an effort to redeem themselves.
‘When most people mess up, we have to go to the back of the line and earn our way back up,’ Munn said. ‘But then, there are these certain men who, when they mess up they kind of go: “Oops, sorry, my bad,” and then just resume their place in line.’
‘Redemption is possible, but you’ve got to earn it just like everybody else.’
Olivia Munn discussed the #MeToo movement’s lingering impact on Hollywood during an interview with Buzzfeed on Thursday. She shamed some of the men accused during sexual misconduct reckoning for believing they can ‘just push past it’ without real consequences
Munn specifically called out Casey and Ben Affleck (left and right in January 2017), both of whom have both faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations over the course of their acting careers. Munn said the brothers ‘just keep going, hoping that nobody’s going to find out’
She specifically called out Ben and Casey Affleck, saying that the actor brothers ‘just keep going, hoping that nobody’s going to find out’.
In 2017, Ben apologized for groping former One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton on an episode of TRL.
Rose McGowan later accused the actor of knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct and turning a blind eye.
Casey settled two lawsuits in 2010 after women accused him of sexually harassing them on a film set.
Munn also took aim at famed director Quentin Tarantino (above in May) for ‘admitting to abusive behaviors on set and also admitting to knowing what Harvey Weinstein was doing’
Munn also went after famed director Quentin Tarantino, whom she said ‘admitted to abusive behaviors on set and also admitted to knowing what Harvey Weinstein was doing’.
She was referring Tarantino’s interview with the New York Times at the height of #MeToo in 2017. When asked about the allegations against Weinstein, the director said: ‘I knew enough to do more than I did.’
Tarantino admitted to choking Uma Thurman and Diane Kruger in his movies, but claimed they consented and it was all for the camera.
Munn said abusers should ‘go to the back of the line’ to make room for other ‘great directors or writers or producers or actors’.
‘The thing is that, not that they’re not incredibly talented in their own right, but when you are given the opportunity to have any kind of power and you abuse that power, I believe you immediately lose all positioning and that you don’t get to have that power anymore,’ she said.
She noted that while the majority of #MeToo cases in the media have involved men abusing women, sexual misconduct isn’t a ‘women’s issue, it’s an abuse of power issue’.
‘It just so happens that people in positions of power are usually heterosexual men, so that’s why more women are victims, but it’s not about just women. It’s all of us together,’ she said.
Munn praised men like Terry Crews and Anthony Rapp for being candid about their experiences as sex abuse victims.
Munn is pictured with Casey Affleck (left) and Joel McHale (center) at an event in 2014. Casey settled two lawsuits in 2010 after women accused him of sexually harassing them on a film set
Munn (above in January) has been very open about her experiences with sex abuse in the past
At the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017, Munn accused director Brett Ratner (left) of masturbating in front of her on a film set in 2004. Last fall she blew the whistle on Steven Wilder Striegel (right), her co-star in The Predator, after learning he was a sex offender
Munn has long been outspoken about the culture of misconduct in Hollywood.
In 2017, she accused director Brett Ratner of sexual harassing her by masturbating in front of her on a film set in 2004. Five other women also came out with allegations against Ratner, who was later let go from Warner Bros.
Munn said she ‘took a lot of hits’ after accusing Ratner. For a time she thought she had lupus because of a stress-induced rash that arose in the wake of the allegations. Even so, she doesn’t regret going after him.
Last year she blew the whistle on her co-star in The Predator, Steven Wilder Striegel, after learning he was a sex offender.
Munn demanded that Striegel’s scene be cut from the film and informed her cast-mates so they wouldn’t be ‘blindsided’ like she was.
The actress, who played Casey Bracket in the sequel to the classic 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, said she was ostracized on set after outing Striegel.
‘Nobody talked to me. Nobody reached out that whole day,’ she said on The Ellen Show last fall.
Explaining why she shared the experience so publicly, Munn said: ‘I think that’s what’s really important for people to understand — when you see something, you have to say something, however it’s not going to be easy.
‘There will be people who get mad at you for not playing the game.
‘I think people expected me to be quiet, because it’s my movie, but the truth is I don’t care.
She added: ‘When we do movies, we have this reach. It goes everywhere. There’s people all over the world that see what we do. That tiny drop of fame can be used to hurt an impressionable person, and that’s just not okay.’