Olivia Munn was among six women who recently accused director Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct. The details of her recount were sordid and disturbing. After being asked to deliver a mean to the director’s trailer on the set of a film, Munn said she found the director exposed. “He walked out … with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,” Munn said. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.” The young actress seeked advice from a lawyer who told her it wasn’t a good idea to go up against a powerful director. As a result of telling her story however, Ratner stood down form all Warner Bros projects in December 2017.
Today, Munn penned a wonderful essay to Entertainment Weekly about Hollywood’s sexual misconduct problem, calling attention to Woody Allen’s BBC interview where he said the current climate of women coming out with these stories could cause a “witch hunt atmosphere where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”
“The possibility of an overcorrection is much less worrisome than all of the injustices that led us to this moment,” she wrote. “Woody’s gut instinct to fear what this might become would be better suited to a gut instinct to hold back an urge that could be wrong…The system that lets men like [Brett] Ratner and Allen back in, is the same system that creates disparity. It’s tilted to roll back into their favor while the rest of us are saddled with a Sisyphean task.”
“Heads of studios, bosses, and CEOs should enforce equal pay because continuing to pay us less perpetuates a bias that women are inferior,” she said. “This trains boys at a young age not to recognize when girls are refusing their advances and grooms young girls to believe they can’t or shouldn’t fight back.