Megan Fox: “I think I was ahead of the #MeToo movement by almost a decade”

The Jennifer’s Body actress opened up about being “ridiculed” for calling out misogynistic experiences she faced in the 2000s

Megan Fox has seen a cultural rebirth since her roles in blockbusters like Michael Bay’s Transformers flicks and Karyn Kusama’s horror-comedy Jennifer’s Body. Jennifer’s Body, in which she plays a demon-possessed girl with a penchant for males, has gained cult appeal among a new generation of moviegoers, bringing new life to the sardonic horror film that was widely misinterpreted by critics when it was released in 2009.

Along with Jennifer’s Body, Fox’s image has shifted as a result of their coverage of her throughout the 2000s. It’s easier to witness the misogyny Fox endured on a daily basis in 2o22, from the hyper-fixation on her body after being labelled a sex symbol to the criticism Fox received for speaking out about her experiences on set.
Fox discusses the difficulty she had in speaking out about sexist practices in the 2000s in a recent cover story with Glamour UK.

 

“I believe I was almost a decade ahead of the #MeToo movement,” Fox says. “Back in 2008 and 2009, well before people were ready to embrace or tolerate it, I was always speaking out against some of the horrible, misogynistic, patriarchal things that were going on in Hollywood.” And I was genuinely chastised for it. In retrospect, I believe people have just had time to reflect about that.”

Fox claims she was hesitant to speak out about her “really traumatic experiences in a savagely misogynistic workplace” at the time, and that she didn’t feel like a “particularly sympathetic victim” for feminists.

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“I didn’t feel like much of the feminist community embraced me,” Fox continues. “Whatever I provoke in them, it’s not something they can easily stomach.” As a result, they reject me for those reasons,” she says.

This sense of being “dehumanized,” according to Fox, led to a “psychological collapse” at that time, prompting her to withdraw from public life for several years.

“I wasn’t permitted to be a human because I was a source of gossip, jokes, and chatter,” Fox adds. “For several years of my life, I was virtually in hiding.”

Even though she’s being hailed as a feminist in 2022, Fox claimed she still gets flak for things like calling her fiancé Machine Gun Kelly “daddy” on the MTV VMAs red carpet, which sparked outrage on the internet.

“A lot of people were outraged with that,” Fox pointed out, “which I think is a hilarious topic to have since that goes into letting women be…women.” “Allowing us to do what we want in life, to do what we enjoy.” That is what feminism is all about.”

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