Media Mogul Martha Stewart says the Me Too movement “has been really painful for me,” because she personally knows nearly every single famous man that has been accused.
As a former model turned stockbroker, Stewart is no stranger to sexual harassment in the workplace. Working seven years as the only woman at a firm on Wall Street during the sixties and seventies, she experienced plenty of it.
“You saw the movie Wall Street? I lived it,” She commented. “I mean, every man on Wall Street was trying to get you. Every man was trying to touch you in the cab. We had martinis for lunch.”
Getting ahead in business caused Stewart to accept a level of unchecked behavior, “You had to keep your cool and just do your thing, and brush them away.” But the self-described married “modest girl,” had a reputation, “I did not f–k around, if you want to use that word.”
So after years of getting used to men behaving badly, and developing a network of powerful male friends, the Me Too movement is a complex issue for Stewart. “It has been really painful for me,” she remarked. “I’ve known almost every single one of the famous guys that has been accused and set aside. Some were certainly guilty of a lot of what was accused.”
For others, their condemnation was questionable to her. “But some were—it’s just their awful personalities. I am not going to mention their names, but I know those people very, very well, and you know the man just talks about sex during dinner. That doesn’t mean anything to me.”