A man asks Sharon Stone if she’s ever been sexually harassed and her response is relatable AF
During a recent interview, a man asked Sharon Stone, a woman who has been around Hollywood longer than I’ve been alive (and I’m not young), if she’s ever been sexually harassed.
Ha. Ha ha ha. Hahahahahaha.
Stone’s reaction to the ridiculous question was basically one long, glorious, painfully amused LOL. In a video clip of the interview with CBS correspondent Lee Cowan for a profile on CBS Sunday Morning, we see 10 torturous (for Cowan) seconds of Stone cackling like he’s just asked the stupidest possible question on earth.
Well… because he did.
Cannot stop watching @sharonstone’s response to being asked whether she’s ever faced sexual harassment pic.twitter.com/MvFR3MIPU5
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) January 15, 2018
“You’re laughing but I- I don’t know if that’s a nervous laugh? Or [an] ‘Are you kidding me, of course I was’ laugh,” says Cowan, who is visibly uncomfortable throughout Stone’s seemingly endless “are you kidding me, asshole?” giggle.
Once composed, the actress says, “I’ve been in this business for 40 years, Lee. Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago?”
Stone gives him another uncomfortable moment to squirm and contemplate that thought before saying, “Looking like I look? From nowhere Pennsylvania? I didn’t come here with any protection.”
“I’ve seen it all.”
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Stone’s almost incredulous reaction is very meaningful — having heard story after story from actresses (and actors) who have recounted instances of being treated horribly by powerful men in Hollywood, it sounds like she has some stories of her own.
Just like most women do.
That’s what makes her long laugh not just relatable, but beyond heartbreaking. As we know from all the brave people speaking out about Harvey Weinstein and other famous names, the issue of men in power feeling free to take advantage of others continues to be very much alive in her industry. While I have no doubt it was even worse 40 years ago, Stone speaks from a position of knowing it happened then — and is still happening.
But now that so many have decided to share their stories and one man after another has been outed for reprehensible (and sometimes criminal) behavior, maybe someday we’ll be in a place where no esteemed actress has to laugh incredulously for several seconds at the idea that she maybe wasn’t sexually harassed throughout her career.
Hopefully someday that question won’t be so ridiculous to ask.