Megan Fox responded to her outraged fans explaining the truth behind the resurfaced video of a 2009 interview with Jimmy Kimmel recounting an experience with director Michael Bay when she was a teenager.
Jimmy Kimmel and Michael Bay have been put under intense public scrutiny for the talks about a scene in ‘Bad Boys II’ where Megan Fox was only 15 and wearing a stars and stripe bikini, a red cowboy hat, and six-inch heels. She was too young to sit at the bar so instead was filmed dancing under a waterful.
What pushed people’s buttons further was that Jimmy Kimmel made a joke about the experience in the resurfaced video of the interview after Megan Fox clarified her age, Fox said, “At 15, I was in 10th grade. That’s kind of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
Kimmel responded by saying, “Yeah, 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.”
Fans were outraged because they saw the experience as teenage girls being preyed on by older men and that has never been taken seriously. They went on to say that Megan Fox has been over-sexualized by adults in the film industry from a young age.
Megan Fox posted on Instagram sharing her side of the story in a long thread on what she states as the truth as she hopes that the mishandled information can be clarified.
“I hope that whatever opinions are formed around these episodes will at least be seeded in the facts of the events,” Fox says as part of the post.
“When it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner,” Fox continued.
Megan Fox did hint at more traumatic experiences in the industry, saying that there are ‘many names’ that ‘deserve to be going viral in cancel culture’.
Fox ended her post by saying, “I’m thankful to all of you who are brave enough to speak out and I’m grateful to all of you who are taking it upon yourselves to support, uplift, and bring comfort to those who have been harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm.”
It’s good to see people sticking up for someone else when they think they have experienced abuse, but it’s also good to first know the whole story first, the truth can most often be mishandled and used in ways to provoke others. Be careful how you react to something, make sure you get the full story first.