In a revealing new interview with the New York Times, Megan Fox says she didn’t speak out during the #MeToo movement, not because she wasn’t a victim herself, but because she didn’t believe the public found her to be “relatable or likable.”
“I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim,” the star told the publication. “And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.”
Fox knows from experience that her stories won’t always be embraced. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland magazine, she said Transformers director Michael Bay upset her when he told her to “be sexy” on set. But she also made a remark likening Bay to “Hitler on his sets,” which overshadowed her other allegations.
In another interview with Jimmy Kimmel later that year, she complained that at age 15 on the set of Bad Boys II, Bay ordered her to dance under a waterfall in six inch heels. That also wasn’t embraced.
“I don’t want to say this about myself, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand. Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward,” Fox told The Times, adding that, because of her experience, she feels as though she’ll “always be just out of the collective understanding.”