Condoleeza Rice's 'Me Too' Comments Spark Controversy

Author:
Publish date:
Condoleeza Rice's 'Me Too' Comments Spark Controversy Promo Image

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sparked controversy after saying that while the #MeToo movement to expose sexual misconduct has been "a good thing," people need to "be a little bit careful" or it will turn women into "snowflakes."

In an interview on CNN with David Axelrod, Rice said she hoped the movement wouldn't be pushed to the point where men would start to "infantilize" women. She said she didn't want it "to get to a place that men start to think, 'Well, maybe it's just better not to have women around.'"

"I've heard a little bit of that. And it, it worries me," she admitted.

Rice, who was the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state, clarified that she didn't want to come across as trying to belittle or demean the stories that women have shared within the movement -- which began following disturbing rape and sexual assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

"I've certainly had people suggest that maybe we should just go out -- and you know -- and situations in which it was somebody more senior than I," she said of her own experience with sexual misconduct and harassment.

Image placeholder title

"I've never had anyone do anything that I would consider assault. But I don't know a woman alive who hasn't had somebody say or do something that was inappropriate at best and aggressive at worst."

Rice also commented on rumors of media mogul Oprah Winfrey considering a run for president, advising her to "be sure" that she wanted to be a politician. Rice added that she personally would never pursue the office of the presidency.

"You know there's a funny thing that happens when you're secretary of state, or you're a celebrity, you're out there representing the world," she said. 

She added: "Everybody gets to make a blank page of what they think you would look like as the president. And they only focus on those characteristics that they want to see in the president. Now you're running for office, and all of a sudden, you're not that person who's just a blank sheet of paper. But I would just say, if you're contemplating running for office, just recognize that we put people through a brutal process. And they don't come out quite the same."

Image placeholder title

Many readers agreed with Rice's feelings on the movement.

"Completely agree," one Daily Mail reader commented. "We want equal rights yet we don't see men crying when we touch their knees. Stop this Hollywood charade before it affects real lives and relationships. Everybody always knew about Hollywood and how to become a starlet. I'm relatively successful in my industry as a girl in late twenties and I've often said no to an unwanted come-on from my bosses or colleagues. If anything, they respected me more for my polite NO."

"I am retired now, but at one time had my own business," another wrote. "Today, if I had that business, I would no longer hire any females. I've seen this same sentiment repeated a number of times on various comment forums. So, yes, women have once again gone too fair. Much to their regret, they gave up a who basket full of rights in the '70s and '80s. Now this."

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail / Featured Image: The White House/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: CNN via Daily Mail, Department of State/Wikimedia Commons

Popular Video