In an old interview with The Times UK, Lindsay Lohan insinuated that the women of the #MeToo movement were merely coming forward as a way of getting attention and publicity. Echoing statements made by other controversial figures, the Mean Girls star asked why women chose to come out only as the cascade of allegations picked up steam.
“It makes them look weak when they’re very strong women,” the actress remarked and stated additionally that the girls in question, “who don’t even know who they are,” end up accusing men of sexual misconduct as a way of making it all about them.
According to Lohan, “That’s taking away from the fact that it happened.” On Sunday, the star released a statement to People Magazine, where she walked back on her comments remarkably.
The 32-year-old entrepreneur said she “unreservedly apologizes” for her previous comments, and is equally sorry if anyone was hurt by them, or caused any pain, in any way.
Her concern was that the “handful of false testimonies” wouldn’t dilute the “heroic” voices of the women who had come forward with their stories. The star added, “I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused.”
The actress said that, on the whole, the #MeToo movement has done a lot of good, and she respects and admires all of those who chose to voice their stories.
Telling the world of their experiences with sexual misconduct is important because it gives voices to those who need to be heard. It also inspires those who have less social capital to stand up for themselves against authoritative figures.
As you may know, Lohan hasn’t been around much these days, with the exception of a few interviews, and reinvigorated feuds with Paris Hilton. Lindsay, however, is coming back on to the small-screen for MTV’s reality series, Lohan Beach Club.