Taking a page straight out of “Harvey Weinstein Apologist” Donna Karan’s despicable book, Kirstie Alley is defending Matt Lauer and denouncing the alleged victims of his abuse.
Given her outspoken history of how Hollywood viciously body shamed her and denied her parts as she aged and gained weight, this is even more surprising! But it gets better: In the ’80’s, she also claimed to have been sexually harassed and pressured into compromising positions.
So where is the compassion for others who’ve dealt with the same nightmare? No where to be found in this heartless Tweet: “What the hell is happening? We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases w anonymous accusers? Can’t confront your accuser? This is bull. And IT HURTS THE REAL VICTIMS of abuse. AND innocent people.”
Obviously, nobody should ever be falsely accused; we can all agree on that. But I truly don’t think this is a scam or a shakedown for quick cash. As someone who literally grew up watching Matt and Katie on the Today show, this is really hard for me to accept, too. He seemed—key word here is “seemed”—like the nicest guy in the world (ring a bell, Bill Cosby?).
Over and over again, as these allegations break, multiple accounts start to go public, with very similar details in every case. Instead of asking why people stayed silent for so long, as if it’s a mystery, the terrible reactions should be clear. How many women and men—because there are many, many male victims, too!—are living in fear and silence, not only from the abuse, but the potential fallout of coming forward and confronting the abuser.
This is just not right. We need to believe victims. We need to help victims. Nobody can tell a victim what they would’ve done, or could’ve done, unless you’ve walked in those same shoes. Victims deserve sympathy and assistance—not blame, not shame, and definitely not disbelief. Shame on you, Kirstie!