Stassi Schroeder heard Joanna Krupa’s “thoughts” on all those nasty women taking advantage of poor Harvey Weinstein and said, “Hold my beer.” Her latest podcast, titled “Are We On a Male Witch Hunt?” targets what she calls “attention seeking #MeToo girls.” She and her guest, friend Jennifer Hoffner (co-founder of Pucker & Pout, Katie Maloney’s beauty blog), spent two hours explaining how easy it is to avoid sexual assault and that women only joined the #MeToo trend to cover up bad decisions. Needless to say, Twitter went beserk. So far three sponsors have publicly cut ties with Straight Up with Stassi and more are sure to follow.
Stassi claims her words have been taken out of context and if anyone bothered to listen to the podcast, they’d realize she was standing up for sexual assault victims. Is it possible this is all being blown out of perspective? Is Stassi the victim of a witch hunt herself? Since Stassi immediately pulled the podcast (as one does when they feel strong in their convictions), we can’t check the tape ourselves. But this is the internet. Nothing ever really goes away. So let’s read a quote posted on Twitter to form our own opinion: “It’s the easiest thing in the entire world to not go to somebody’s hotel room late at night. It’s the easiest thing in the world to not make out with that person if you don’t want to. It’s the easiest thing in the world to not suck that person’s dick if you don’t want to.” Sometimes one quote is enough.
I can’t imagine anyone who has experienced sexual assault or harassment interpreting Stassi’s words as supportive. Victims don’t speak out because they know they won’t be believed. Stassi just proved them right in a big way. Her statements not only hurt the #MeToo movement and what it stands for, they hurt all victims of sexual assault and harassment. It’s bad enough that power structures have supported this kind of behavior for years (as we speak, politicians are supporting a child molester based on party lines). The last thing we need is some “reality star” throwing gas on an already all-consuming fire.
Press is ramping up for the Vanderpump Rules season 6 premiere on December 4. I can’t imagine anyone at Bravo is excited to be embroiled in this mess right now. But then again, Bravo, home of the felonini, never bothered to address Nene wishing rape on a fan so maybe they’ll be okay with it. One thing we know for certain: Stassi isn’t done defending herself. She claims she just taped a follow-up episode. I wonder if she’ll leave it up long enough for anyone to hear it this time?