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Megan Fox feels excluded from the #MeToo movement because she isn’t a ‘sympathetic victim’

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Megan Fox feels excluded from the #MeToo movement because she isn’t a ‘sympathetic victim’


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Megan Fox has revealed that despite having “quite a few stories” that relate to the #MeToo movement, she will not share based off her past experiences with speaking out. 

During an interview with The New York Times, Fox, 32, opened up about being “victim-shamed” for her past efforts to call out the treatment and hyper-sexualization of women in Hollywood. 

The former “Transformers” star stirred controversy more than a decade ago after saying director Michael Bay, who Fox compared to “Hitler,” commanded her to “just be sexy” and “be Hot” on set. Fox also spoke out about being sexualized in Bay’s 2003 film “Bad Boys II,” where she danced in a bikini and high heels under a waterfall when she was only 15 (“I just did what I was told to do”),

Fox’s revelations would have likely been met with a different response nowadays compared to what she received in 2009, where the actress was ultimately fired from the “Transformers” franchise after two films for her remarks.

Related: Megan Fox says women’s roles still revolve around the ‘nag, trophy, escort’ tropes

“I was ahead of my time and so people weren’t able to understand,” Fox told NYT. “Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward.”

The mother of three says the initial shunning, which she described as a “really painful” time in her life, has prevented her from sharing her #MeToo stories after the movement sparked more than a year ago. 

“Because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding,” she said, adding that her status as a sex symbol makes her doubt there “will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likable.”

Fox continued: “I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. I thought, if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.”

Fox shifted away from acting to pursue her passion for antiquities, returning to the small screen in the new Travel Channel series “Legends of the Lost.”

Related: Megan Fox fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming Indiana Jones in Travel Channel series

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