Vanderpump Rules Star Stassi Schroeder Apologizes for #MeToo Comments
Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder has issued a formal apology after making controversial comments about the #MeToo movement on her podcast, Straight Up with Stassi.
Schroeder found herself in hot water over the weekend after the she tackled the troubling topic of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. The episode, titled "Are we on a male witch hunt?" has since been deleted, but not before inciting outrage for its perceived insensitivity to victims.
One Twitter user pointed out the hypocrisy of Schroeder claiming she didn't bash victims after essentially accusing victims of lying.
"You: I'm sorry no one could make me suck a dick. I'm sorry it sounds like he thought you liked it because you were making out with him. And now that it's a trend and it's #metoo you're going to come out and accuse him because you regret it. Also you: there's no victim bashing!"
Another shared her own harrowing experience with sexual assault before tagging Schroeder with the advice, "Don't even bother apologizing this time."
"If you think a guy can't make you suck a dick.. wait till he is ripping out your hair because he's shoving your mouth up and down on his dick while tears are streaming down your face. I've agreed with all of your PC arguments until now. I'm one of those attention seeking #metoo girls as you like to say. But since i didn't handle my rape the way you wanted me to it can't be true, right?"
Schroeder at first defended the podcast, tweeting, "About 5 ppl heard this podcast & everyone else read ONE quote without the backstory or context of a TWO hour episode."
However, after advertisers including Rent the Runway, Simple Contacts and Framebridge dropped Schroeder's podcast, she issued an apology via Twitter.
It read, "My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners; but on my latest episode I crossed a line. It was irresponsible for me to make generalized statements about a very serious topic, such as sexual harassment, as it is not my place to speak out anyone else's experiences. I apologize. I will continue to speak my mind on my podcast, but will put more thought behind my dialogue moving forward."
Schroeder then called the time since the podcast went live "sobering" and asked both those who have been victimized and those who have (in their opinion) been falsely accused to share their stories with her.