As celebrities, politicians, and big names in the media get hit with allegations of sexual misconduct, Hollywood actress Kirstie Alley is offering a different perspective on all the controversies.
Alley, 66, doesn't negate the seriousness of sexual harassment or assault. But she thinks accusers shouldn't seek to remain anonymous.
Earlier in November, she tweeted, “I'm an advocate of courts of law 4 criminal matters. Also innocent until proven guilty is a fairly sane concept that I'm pretty sure each of us would like to be afforded. Rumors cause witchhunts. Seems ok to be part of the mob until U become the next witch.”
On Wednesday, she followed up with more on the topic, and she's catching big-time heat for her comments.
What the hell is happening? We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases w anonymous accusers? Can't confront your accuser? This is bullshit. And IT HURTS THE REAL VICTIMS of abuse. AND innocent people.
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) November 29, 2017
Some didn't take kindly to Alley's choice of words:
Does anyone really care what Kirstie Alley thinks?
— Kate Casey (@KateCasey) November 30, 2017
It doesn’t matter who you were defending or not defending. What matters is what you said, period. Its because of women like you that other women feel powerless to come forward. Why is it always the accused that deserves benefit of the doubt? Why can’t the victim have it too?
— 🚀Katie🏒 (@gallymero) November 30, 2017
How do you know they don't have proof? When I spoke up years ago it was brushed under the rug! Women are finally feeling empowered to come forward! Stop shaming the victims!
— Amy Adams - Army Vet (@grannyamoose) November 30, 2017
I blame Scientology for your gross misunderstanding and ignorance of what you just said... shame on you @kirstiealley for ever making anyone feel less than for not wanting to expose their name!
— Kayla Erikson (@davidNkayla) December 1, 2017
Alley decided to respond to the “women like you” remark:
Women like me? Hmmm.. you have no idea what I'm like.. or what I've been a victim of .. & I certainly would never lesson a woman's power. I help women. I help abused women. I help all women. So that's a “woman like me” https://t.co/nVIAqDbYk1
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) November 30, 2017
She suggested catching people in the act. “It's time to start wearing videos on our heads so we can document everything.... until someone learns to edit fake footage..damn!! my great ideas [are] always flawed,” she tweeted.
Further, despite her comments about victims, Alley wanted to make it clear she does not condone sexual assault, tweeting: “I too condone NO sexual misconduct. However, it is important [for] us to differentiate between rape, lewd language, gross physical displays, groping or someone just goofing around. This could instantly help us decide what actions to take.”