- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2019

Actress Megan Fox says she is persona non grata to the #MeToo movement despite speaking out on its core issues for years.

The former “Transformers” star told Entertainment Weekly that she was sent a “f— you” message by Hollywood for trying to speak out against sexual exploitation in the industry.

“I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened, I was speaking out and saying, ‘Hey, these things are happening to me and they’re not OK,’” she said for an interview published Wednesday. “And everyone was like, ‘Oh well, f— you. We don’t care, you deserve it.’ Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made.”

Ms. Fox, who has three children with husband Brian Austin Green, went on to discuss Hollywood’s treatment of mothers and her perception of #MeToo gatekeeping.

“Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don’t want me to be a part of their group,” the actress said. “What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be non-threatening to you in some way? Why can’t I be a part of the group as well?”

She added that feelings of ostracism were exacerbated after having children.

“Being a mother is not something really respected in this industry,” she said. “If anything it’s considered as a handicap. And that’s unfortunate because it’s not acknowledged, what we’re juggling, what we’re doing. … I get this all the time, people will be like, ‘You just don’t really work that much. And it’s like, I have given birth, I have gestated and given birth to three children. I starred in a movie that opened worldwide, number one — twice! I was on a critically acclaimed sitcom. I f—king executive produced and created a show about archaeological controversies! How much more f—king productive does a f—king woman need to be?”

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