Video Resurfaces Of Jimmy Kimmel Joking That Megan Fox Being Sexualized At 15 Was “Perfectly Wholesome”
Despite keeping a relatively low profile, her split from husband Brian Austin Green and subsequent relationship with Machine Gun Kelly has brought Megan Fox back into the spotlight. And with her reemergence in the public spotlight, comes an old clip from 2009, where the ‘Transformers’ actress is seen talking to host ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ about working with director Michael Bay.
Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Wrong. The content of the interview is a prime example of the exact misogynistic behaviour that, for decades, has forced people (men and women alike, let’s be honest) to shrink back and bury all claims of assault, harassment and abuse.
In the video from 11 years ago, the then 23-year-old star talked about working with Micheal Bay on the set of ‘Bad Boys II’. In the 50 second clip, Megan talks about why exactly she is credited as – get this – the ‘Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under Waterfall.’
clip from 2009 where megan fox tells a story about michael bay sexualising her as a 15 y/o
the crowd laughs, and kimmel makes gross jokes
teen girls being preyed on by older men has never been taken seriously and still isn’t pic.twitter.com/t1rF80UTj1
— liz w 🧸 (@reservoird0gs) June 21, 2020
Megan explains that, as she had just turned 15 when they were filming ‘Bad Boys II’, director Michael Bay came up with an alternative to having her sit at a bar. She said,
I was wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and 6-inch heels, and he approved it. They said, you know, Michael, she’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar and she can’t have a drink in her hands. So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath the waterfall, getting soaking wet.”
As if it isn’t shocking enough that she had to do that at age 15 (that’s Form 3, when kids are supposed to be preparing for PMR/PT3), Jimmy and the audiences’ response will floor you. Jimmy quipped that Bay’s scene for Megan Fox was “perfectly wholesome”, to which the audience laughs. Megan tries to clarify just how inappropriate it was by reiterating that she was just 15, and “that’s a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works”. Instead of criticising the directors choice, Jimmy Kimmel says,
Well, that’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work. Some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.”
Megan Fox herself has address the resurfaced video and the outpour of support that has been sent her way. She thanks fans for their support but wants to “clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the events”.
She clarifies some of the issues people have brought up, including the notion that for her ‘Transformers’ audition, she was called to Michael Bay’s home to ‘wash his car’. She states,
It is important to note however that when I auditioned for Transformers I was 19 or 20. I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Micheal’s Ferrari’s during one of the audition scenes.”
She goes on to say that the audition happened at a studio parking lot with the production crew around and that she was “at no point underdressed.” Megan Fox does, however, note that there are other people who are more deserving “to be going viral in cancel culture” but that she has decided to keep them to herself. This is after admitting in the same post that she has “endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthless misogynistic industry.”
Fans of the ‘Ninja Turtles’ star would know that Megan was fired not long after her interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Despite shooting the first two ‘Transformers’ movie with Michael Bay, she did not continue on in the franchise due to a now-infamous interview with Wonderland in that same year. In the interview, Megax said of Michael Bay:
He’s like Napoleon, and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”
After this interview, the crew members from ‘Transformers’ wrote an open letter supporting Michael Bay and instead accused Megan Fox of “blabbing her trash mouth”. They went as far as to call her “trailer trash” and a “porn star”. Since then, Megan Fox has starred in ‘Jennifers Body’ and both the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ live-action movies. However, nothing has brought her as much attention as her initial breakout role in ‘Transformers’.
Megan has been open about the aftereffects of talking about the directors and men she has worked with and why she did not share her experiences as a part of the #MeToo movement that came up again in 2016, after the widespread sexual-abuse allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. She told the New York Times in 2019,
I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward. And because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likeable,”
And then again in an interview with screenwriter Diablo Cody for ‘Entertainment Tonight’
But I was really dragged through the coals for a lot of it. 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. 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.”
Reminder that Megan Fox spoke out about Michael Bay sexually harassing her a decade ago and was promptly blacklisted and shamed to the point that when #MeToo came around she kept her mouth shut because she figured she was not a "sympathetic victim" anyway stream Jennifer's Body pic.twitter.com/GOgbWk8iMH
— Sophia TØP 3000 (@SophiaEHanson) June 21, 2020
As for how she feels about being objectified since the start of her career at the age of 15, she shares that she had a “genuine psychological breakdown”, saying,
I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all because the fear and the belief and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked or spat at or someone was going to yell at me or people would stone me or savage me for just being out…so I went through a very dark moment after that.”
As a result of all that is resurfacing, fans are calling for respect to be paid to the actress in the form of apologies from those who sexualized and portrayed her in a damaging light.
megan fox deserved better than being overly sexualised from the time she was a child by male directors and then being blacklisted when she spoke up about it while those men continued having careers
— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) June 21, 2020