Barbra Streisand explained that, fortunately, she has never experienced sexual harassment at the hands of a morally corrupt or perhaps, just an insensitive boss. However, in a new interview, Streisand said she had felt victimized by the media before.
During a program which paid tribute to Streisand’s years of performances, Ryan Murphy asked Barbra about her career, as well as the cascade of allegations against men in the entertainment industry.
Barbra said, “never,” and claimed she wasn’t like those other “pretty girls” who had nice “little noses.” The singer and actress joked that maybe that’s the reason why no one ever targeted her.
As all know by now, women in Hollywood, primarily, have been fighting for gender equality across several fronts, on social media, as well as in institutional branches.
One of the initiatives created, Time’s Up, is meant to defend women and victimized minorities who don’t have the finances to fight against their perpetrators.
Streisand expressed her support for the movement and noted the importance of protesting. Barbra claimed the pendulum is swinging vociferously back and forth, but eventually, it must come back to the center. Otherwise, instability will become the new norm.
Moreover, Barbra spoke on her hesitance to talk with journalists for interviews. Streisand said for years she experienced inaccurate reporting and unfair, biased news coverage.
For that reason, she has shied away from the media. One of the moments which stand out in her mind was an interview with Mike Wallace, a reporter whom supposedly asked her bad questions for the sake of ratings.
Barbra explained, while she doesn’t know what date rape is like, she felt as though lying about her in the media was “such a violation.” In the past few years, Streisand has focused on control of her art including in acting, directing, producing, and music. Love her or hate her, Barbra assuredly will go down in entertainment history as one of the greats.