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Food Network host Sunny Anderson is facing backlash after posting a series of insensitive tweets about the sexual assault victims who came forth after she told her story.

“When I reported my 1st radio boss for sexual harassment, I felt brave,” she tweeted late Saturday night. “The 4 co-workers that came out AFTER me were not brave to me…at all.”

She added, “In fact I blamed them and still do for not being BRAVE and reporting him before he had a chance to make one more victim.”

The tweets continued,

“So, as all these women come out of the woodwork…ask yourself… were they complicit in their silence? Complicit when taking payoffs?”

“I refuse to call the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 10th person to come out and say, “me too”, BRAVE. We can call them LATE though … or I can.”

The tweets have since been deleted but the damage is already done. Anderson apologized on Twitter, writing,

“I’ve deleted my obviously polarizing & offensive statement. As a victim & warrior against sexual harassment in the work place, I apologize.”

Anderson’s tweets couldn’t have come at a worse time as Alyssa Milano launched the hashtag #MeToo, which gave voice to many women who suffered sexual assault. Twitter exploded with nearly 500,000 tweets from women who expressed their stories on the social media platform.

It’s troubling to see women, especially one who has been through sexual assault, blame and shame other women. We must do better.

 

15 thoughts on “Sunny Anderson Under Fire For Victim Shaming Other Sexual Assault Victims

  1. This society needs to stop it with the cry of “shaming” because the truth is spoken. This agree-or-get-dragged-and-ostracized-for-disagreeing-with-the-status quo-society needs to just sit down somewhere and just THINK. It’s not “blaming and shaming the victims” when these celebrities, for so many years, enjoyed the spoils of their silence, that is the fame, fortune, notoriety, awards and wealth all the while praising their alleged perpetrator in the process. Now, after someone has come forward, they all they now want to come forward with their stories and now be victims??? THAT is shameful. Maybe, just maybe if the fame, fortune, notoriety, awards and wealth were not as important, and they were truly brave enough to speak out, a message could have long been sent to potential perpetrators and there would be fewer victims and quite possibly, a different culture.

    • specialt757 on said:

      I don’t think I could agree more. If you choose or chose to stay silent, well stay silent. You’re right, society comes up with these new concepts like “shaming” (or whatever the concept was called that Cam said to the woman reporter last week), to keep others from expressing their opinions that may different from the masses. Now people with differences of opinion can’t feel free to express themselves without having to apologize for it. F**k no, I wouldn’t have apologized, apologized for what, GTFOH.
      SN: I can’t stand Charles big head Barkley but I must hand it to him, he never apologizes, even when he says the most incredibly dumb shit ever. He means what he says, gotta respect that, not him, just that.

  2. We have to STOP victim blaming. It’s courageous after any sexual assault whether it was yesterday or 10 yrs ago. Whether or not they spoke up, receive a settlement or stay quiet, the psychological damage can be forever. Do you blame the family members who were assaulted and remained silent which could have prevented the younger generation from getting assaulted too? ~ a military sexual assault survivor.

    • I’m also a victim of a vicious sexual assault. It didn’t take me ten seconds to decide to report it, let alone ten years. No amount of money would have been enough to convince me to stay quiet. No sympathy for Johnny-Come-Lately “victims”.

      • Just to clarify, I’m not defending the celebrities or is disagreeing with what Sunny said. I’m just stating people have different feeling about reporting their sexual assault experience.

      • I agree. I think most people have been sexually assaulted in some time in their life. Again, this is NOT a Hollywood issue, it is a SOCIETY issue. We need to also trained out boys; but we can sometime be full of it and creating our own monsters. We trained boys not to be sensitive, not to show emotion, be aggressive, etc and many times this kind of thinking make some men think they have the POWER to rule over a woman.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Yeah I get it, when you’re in this situation you’re afraid that if you speak out, you will be ostracized, criticized, and demonized, called a trouble maker and so on, especially if the perpetrator is of high influence and highly respected by those who really don’t them. They made a choice, when people are afraid and keep quiet, they are not brave. Brave is having the courage to speak out even when you are afraid.
    Not to sound insensitive, if these women took settlements to keep quiet, well I really don’t have a whole lot of respect for them. I also agree, had these ladies come forward sooner or spoke up earlier, this would have not happened to the other victims.

    • I agree. And I feel no pity for anyone who took a settlement because you do not have to take a settlements. Even if you get a settlement, you do NOT have to stop a criminal investigation into it to see who is telling the truth when it goes to court. This is how we have to ween out women/people who lie for money and women/people who are telling the truth.

  4. I understand what she is saying…maybe if they had spoken out when it happened to them, then the number of future victims would have been less. I agree with her – – they were not brave, they were follow-ups.

  5. Everyone can’t be the first one to speak out. Sometimes it takes someone else speaking out to give others the courage to tell their stories, especially when they think no one would believe them because they are accusing someone in power.

    If you haven’t been through it, you don’t know what you would do.

    • I do get it. As a child, an adult family member touched me inappropriately. I kept silent, afraid I wouldn’t be believed. However, my silence allowed my younger sister to later be victimized, but she was brave enough to tell. Her telling put a stop to further victimizations. She was the brave one, and I didn’t tell until I was an adult. A similar concept is here, but these who kept quiet enjoyed rewards of fame and fortune in addition to praising their perpetrator (which I did not do).

      • The women who are accusing Weinstein NEVER wanted to deal with him no more so they never praised him but avoided him as much as they could (that alone is telling about him); but it was known that he did this to people.

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