Blake Lively is a speaker of truth!
The recent expose on Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein is nothing short of a heroic, rebellious move by the reporters and women involved who are sick of the decades of sexual abuse one man has been able to get away with; shoving money in the face of those who dare oppose him.
The story has since been corroborated by dozens of other big-name actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cara Delevigne, who have all released statements of uncomfortable to downright terrifying situations where they were forced to be alone with Weinstein.
In an article on Cosmopolitan, The Shallows and Gossip Girl actress, Blake Lively, discussed with the Hollywood Reporter sexual abuse and its prevalence in all types of industries:
“The reports were devastating to hear,” Lively said. “That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories…I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued. I never heard any stories like this—I never heard anything specific—but it’s devastating to hear.”
Lively and Weinstein worked together on a film business panel together with then-First Lady Michelle Obama for high school students in 2013.
Lively stressed to THR the importance of remembering these incidents happen everywhere, “in every single industry. It happens to women all over the place, all the time, to the point where women don’t even think that this is a real assault.”
“I’ve had plenty of things happen to me whether it be trying on a dress for prom at some clothing store, to a director being inappropriate, to a guy walking down the street where you don’t think, ‘Oh well, that wasn’t actually sexual assault—this guy just, like, grabbed my butt.’”
Lively is one of many Hollywood actors and actresses who have spoken out in the last few days.
“It’s important that women are furious right now,” Lively said. “It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, ‘This is unacceptable.’”