Jamie Lee Curtis’s powerful essay: sexual assault victims are not ‘asking for it’


Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is weighing in on the Harvey Weinstein disgrace. Jamie is Hollywood royalty being the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She’s been working in Hollywood since she was 20 but exposed to it her whole life. Her father, about whom Jamie said, “was not a father,” was a legendary ‘ladies man’ who bragged about his sexual conquests and was quoted saying, “all through my life I wanted to conquer every woman I met.”

Jamie fully supports the women who were victimized by Weinstein. More so, she wants to call out those who are blaming the them for his actions. Specifically, although she doesn’t use names, Donna Karan and her archaic “are these women asking for it” bullsh-t. She wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post asking for everyone to refocus their energy on the man accused, not the accusers.

In the unfolding events that have seemingly rocked the entertainment business, even though so many claim to have known about Mr. Weinstein’s aggression and harassment and lecherous doings, I awoke to a statement, from an unlikely voice, that the women in question were perhaps “asking for it.”


Is this how we have evolved? Is this what the women’s movement, feminism and, more recently, the women’s march has yielded? A fellow woman, one who makes her living dressing famous women in tight, sexy dresses and one who built her empire to do her good works all over the world, would throw these brave women under the bus in a weird, mean girl version of slut shaming?


I, too, have been subjected to my own private, personal versions of sexual harassment on the job. Did I ask for it? No. What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.

What I believe we are all asking for in these instances, is a chance to show our talent, our humanity, a chance to express ourselves and our art and perhaps, be a part of a film that can truly create change.

Perhaps this grotesque power play to “get some” by this brutish thug of a man and the attempts by him, his lawyer, his board and famous friends to, once again, keep it under wraps and blame the victim will fail. Perhaps the truth will out other sexual harassment, be it from a governor or a president or a presidential candidate or studio head or movie star or executive or anyone else complicit in this billionaire boys club bullsh*t that will come to an inglorious end.

[From Huffington Post]

It is so sad how easily our politicians can be slipped seamlessly into this discussion. I think we all kind of felt the same way about Donna Karan’s comments. Have we stumbled so far backwards to end up back at “well, she was asking for it,” as a viable response? I know DK said her comments were taken out of context but really, I can’t think of a context in which “You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble,” would not bring on a rage-induced migraine. So I’m with Jamie here – are these the seriously questions we are asking in the wake of this atrocity?

For me, Jamie’s post nails it particularly with the line, “What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.” I don’t really have a follow up to that, it says everything in that sentence. And she was supposed to be one of the protected ones, heirs to the established Hollywood elite like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. It’s time to topple Rome. The entitlement these SOB’s had to think they were owed anything because they held the jobs. And I don’t doubt for a minute that every single one convinced themselves they were owed the minute that poor actress walked in the door. And it’s been going on forever, as confirmed by legendary actress and Dick Van Dyke Show star Rose Marie:

Jamie with Helen Reddy, whom she quotes in her op-ed



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  1. Neelyo says:

    “What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.”

    I love that. And take no prisoners, Rose Marie!!!

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Yes. Harassment should never be the price tag for giving our time, energy and skills in the workplace.

    • Casey. says:

      Omg!! I’m sitting here crying! I had no idea Rose Marie was still with us- and on twitter! So amazing!! How uplifting! Made my day! Don’t stop indeed!

  2. swak says:

    Jamie Lee is one of my girl crushes. She is so articulate and is spot on with her op-ed.

  3. H says:

    I’ve always liked Jamie ever since she first started in Halloween. She’s been upfront about aging in the industry. Good to her for speaking out about this issue also.

  4. Radley says:

    God bless Rose-Marie. And nice rebuke of Donna Karan type apologists, Jamie. #girlpower

  5. third ginger says:

    Love Jamie Lee. Bravo, Rose Marie! These are how “legends” are supposed to act. About DK and her idiotic remarks, many celebrities get the benefit of the well-known “halo effect.” They are standouts in one area, so they must have other positive attributes. Most of the time, NO. Also, there are widely varying degrees of intelligence, awareness, and sensitivity among famous people. That, of course, seems obvious, but here we are reminded of it in glaring detail as we contrast Jamie Lee with DK.

  6. nona says:

    I know Jamie didn’t name names, but she used the phrase “mean girl.” Jamie has worked with Lindsay Lohan. In addition to Karan, I think Jamie was trying to get a point across about Lohan and her wacked-out video defending Weinstein.

    • Pawra says:

      I saw that… wonder why this site hasn’t covered Loco Lohan and her gross defense of Weinstein?

  7. Tiffany says:

    If you folks are not following Rose Marie, please do, as she is great.

    And no lies detected from Jamie.

  8. happyoften says:

    Jaime Lee, still kicking ass. Love her, love the message.

    Just wanted a job, indeed.

    And Donna Karan killed her brand. Her bread n butter is dressing working women. How do you think they will react to her suggesting all the harrassment they have collectively faced is due to their sartorial choices? Hopefully with their wallets.

    • Tiffany says:

      Considering that 53% of white women voted this planet destroyer into office, she is going to be fine.

    • Casey. says:

      Jaime Lee is amazing always has been! She and Melanie Griffith should write a book about their own Hollywood stories and bad men they’ve dealt with – instant best seller. This needs to stop once and for all.

      Also, unfortunately, Donna Karan will not feel the karmic repercussions for her wack comments protecting serial predator Weinstein, and throwing us under the bus. I thought i read she cashed out and sold her brand within the last year or two.

      Instead, the poor saps who bought her maybe now useless brand will feel the burn.

      They might have cause to sue, since it seems she still has an obligation not to torpedo her former brand that still has her name.

  9. Arpeggi says:

    It’s a great essay! Let’s not forget that Janet Leigh worked for Hitchcock who was a possessive monster and who was known to physically, psychologically and sexually abuse “his” actresses. So I’m sure that Jamie Lee Curtis has been aware all her life that this type of behaviour was rampant. If we still feel powerless now, it must have been awful 60-70 years ago when you “belonged” to a studio and she’s doing something that her mother and her friends were not in a position to do back then. It’s sad to see how little has changed though

  10. Jerusha says:

    Jamie was old enough to remember when her 36 yo father left her mother, her sister Kelly and her for 18 yo Christine Kaufmann during the making of Taras Bulba. Not to mention his rumored catting around during his martiage to Janet. Jamie Lee knows about skanky men and she takes no shit.

    • Tiffany says:

      And didn’t he serve Janet divorce papers while she was on location with The Manchurian Candidate. That project was a huge deal for her. Tony Curtis was a jerkoff.

      • Jerusha says:

        Can’t remember about the divorce papers, but Janet starred in three classics in four years time-Touch of Evil, 1958; Psycho, 1960; and Manchurian Candidate, 1962.

  11. Dotgirl says:

    Man, Jamie Lee is one of my all time favourites.

  12. Missmarirose says:

    Was Janet Leigh one of the actresses harassed by Hitchcock? I can’t find that online but I seem to remember something to that effect. It wasn’t just Tippi Hedren iirc.

    • Tiffany says:

      It was Tippi and Vera Miles. He was so upset that Vera got married and had children that he made it that her only employment was through his films and television show.

    • Arpeggi says:

      He harassed every actress he ever hired, Janet Leigh included. That man was monster

    • Jerusha says:

      Tippi avoided his advances, so he gifted her young daughter, Melanie Griffith, with a doll facsimile of her mother in a coffin. And he pretty much derailed Tippi’s career.

  13. paranormalgirl says:

    That resonates with me. “what I simply asked for was a job.” What I simply asked for was a medical school education. I didn’t ask to be told that I needed to clean bedpans because that was “women’s work.” I didn’t need to be told I could jump ahead of someone for chief resident if I slept with someone, I just want to be a psychiatrist.

    Thank you Jamie Lee. I love you for a reason.

  14. poppy says:

    yes jamie preach.