Ellen Pompeo Is Trying To Clarify Some Old Comments She Made About Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers

April 24, 2020 / Posted by:

Ellen Pompeo is no stranger to dragging someone online if she feels they deserve it. Workplace toxicity, sexism, and racism are just a few things Ellen has publicly called out, in an attempt to use her privilege as a rich white lady for good. But Ellen recently found out the hard way that sometimes your words can come back to bite you in the ass, and it’s not long before you’re the one getting dragged.

This all started on Twitter two days ago, after a user named Kelly posted a clip from a Q&A Ellen did with Oxford University’s student society, Oxford Union, in July 2018. Ellen was asked what steps Hollywood can take to make sure all the work done by the #metoo and Time’s Up movements become a permanent part of the industry. It’s important to note that Ellen’s Q&A at Oxford happened nine months after The New York Times ran Jodi Kantor and Megan Twoheys expose on Harvey Weinstein. Ellen replied that she believed that #metoo and Time’s Up will teach men that they can no longer get away with disgusting behavior. But then she said some words that I’m sure her publicist wished she hadn’t said:

“I think we bear some responsibility, not all, but it takes two to tango for sure. That’s not to blame the victim, that’s just to say – I did go into a room with Harvey Weinstein, I sat at a table with him, I had a probably two and a half hours with him. He never said anything inappropriate to me, he never made any sort of physical advance to me. I wouldn’t have gone into that room at night. But he did nothing inappropriate toward me. Now had he, I would have picked up that glass and smashed him across the side of the face with it.

So I mean, it’s all what we’re willing to tolerate in our self-esteem, and what are we going to put up with, and what are we going to compromise to be liked, to be loved, to be accepted? How bad do we want to be in show business?”

Kelly’s clip only featured Ellen’s answer to the question, so here’s the whole segment (it begins at the 15:20 mark below).

After the clip was shared on Twitter, many shot a confusing look Ellen’s way and wondered how Meredith Grey could pull some “Okay, but hear me out…” shenanigans nearly a year after Harvey was publicly outed as a huge creep. The general consensus was that Ellen’s answer sounded like victim blaming, despite her insistence that she was not blaming the victim. Ellen clearly didn’t want to be compared to Lindsay Lohan and Donna Karan, and so she hopped on Twitter to defend herself against that clip.

According to Ellen, she didn’t know he was a rapist, the clip was taken out of context, she was talking about harassment and not assault, and she was speaking for herself and not other women. Oh, and that Twitter isn’t the place for such serious discussions. No wonder she’s the chief of general surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial – she clearly takes disinfection and sanitation very seriously. Just look at how hard she’s working to wash her hands of this!

She’s not wrong about the clip being tweeted out of context. Except that the full clip doesn’t exactly change things that much. She also claims she didn’t know the full story about Harvey Weinstein at the time. Okay, sure. Harvey was found guilty of third degree rape and criminal sexual act in February, and was finally sentenced to 23 years in March of this year. But a few days before Ellen was speaking at Oxford, a Manhattan grand jury had indicted Harvey on a multitude of charges, including one count of rape in the 1st degree and one count of rape in the 3rd degree. Two months earlier, Harvey had surrendered himself to police. So…yikes. But maybe the weirdest excuse was when she claimed she only started following the trial once it began. That was January 2020! So that means Ellen wasn’t paying attention to any Harvey news? Like, none? Did she know about the march?  Well, whatever the case may be, you can’t tell me Katherine Heigl isn’t grateful that she’s no longer the only member of the Actresses from Grey’s Who Have Said Something Really Dumb club.

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