Thandie Newton, 45, told her #MeToo story years ago, before it became a movement. She was exploited by a director who made her masturbate for the camera under some sh-tty pretense. The director saved the recording and showed it to men at parties. It was awful, she was exploited and she had to live with the fact that the video had been seen by who knows how many people. She also revealed, back in 2011, that she’d been in a relationship at just 16 with a 39 year-old director. In a recent interview, Thandie brought up the fact that she hadn’t been asked to join the Times Up movement and called it “very painful” considering the fact that she’d been open about her own experiences. Here’s what she said:
“I have been an activist for 20 years. It’s been a long time coming…
“I certainly agitated for it to happen sooner, but no one was interested and people thought I was a bummer. Even my publicist told me to stop talking about it because it was bad for my reputation.” Newton, 45, says she was abused during an audition aged 18, and has spoken of being “coerced” into a relationship with a much older film director.
I wasn’t seen as a f—able member of a movie set and I was passed over for roles because of it… I was ostracised because I wouldn’t stop talking about it.”
“When Time’s Up was put together, to not be invited to be a part of it, was very, very painful… It’s hard for me, as someone who has been talking about it for a long time… it’s lonely.
“[I wasn't asked because] I wasn’t hot enough. I wasn’t mainstream enough and I wasn’t going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a kind of renaissance in my career.”
[From The Herald Sun via The Telegraph]
It’s clear that Thandie felt left out and like her story wasn’t valued or heard. She said she was hurt. Someone pointed this interview to Jessica Chastain, and she apologized to Thandie. Amber Tamblyn got all pissy, as she is wont to do when someone has an opinion that doesn’t precisely mirror hers. Here are their tweets [via People]
I have felt so bad that some feel excluded. I was never asked to join anything, I just came forward to see how I could be of service. No one is unwelcome. The more women that come together, standing shoulder to shoulder, the stronger we are.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 23, 2018
100% what Jessica said. None of us needed an invitation to do the work. We just did the work. Period. This is such a disheartening dialogue to be having with fellow women. Such a shame.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) April 24, 2018
Jessica handled this the right way. She made it clear that Times Up was more of a grassroots movement and wasn’t an invitation-only organization. She also explained how she got involved. Amber, on the other hand, acted like she was personally offended, like Thandie was wrong to bring it up and was setting them back or something. Amber needs to put a cork in it and not act like she’s the hardest working activist ever. There’s room for everyone and they’re all on the same side. She should have told Thandie she was sorry she felt excluded, maybe even say she must have misunderstood how it started, but it’s obnoxious to say they shouldn’t even be talking about it. I’m sure these women reached out to each other somehow and no one did that for Thandie.
I agree with this tweet below telling Amber and Jessica to fix this now that it’s been brought to their attention. It’s not about telling Thandie she was wrong to be hurt it’s about recognizing her feelings and being more inclusive. I can’t imagine the bullsh-t cliques that these Hollywood women have to deal with. It sounds worse than high school.
So please invite all women to join NOW. Evolve into something else. It doesn’t matter what the fund is called. Please don’t discriminate within your own tribe-There shouldn’t be a hierarchy. #timesup break the mold. Set a new example for women across the world. Fix the problem
— Echo Danon (@echodanon) April 24, 2018
Also I finally watched Westworld’s Season two premiere and Thandie is the standout as always. She’s amazing.