Keira Knightley is one of the Hollywood actresses who most willingly speak on social topics and talk about sexism in the industry. And the latest interview given by the star is even more powerful than the previous ones. Knightley claims that all women she knows have been sexually harassed.
The British actress, known for her appearances in such hits as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Atonement”, was recently loud at the beginning of the year. Knightley then declared that she would never again play a stripped-down scene shot by a male director. Her point of view met with a great understanding of the majority of the community, although there were also some critical comments about her on the Internet. And this is not the end of strong interviews given by the star.
This Wednesday, the new issue of the British version of the Harper’s Bazaar magazine will appear in stores. Inside, readers will find the conversation that just emerged on the journal’s website. Knightley talked about functioning during a pandemic, putting on the best clothes to play with children on a garden trampoline, catching up with feminist literature, and the widespread problem of sexual harassment.
Keira Knightley bluntly admits that she does not know women who have not been sexually abused.
The British woman herself emphasized that she had been silent for too long about the manifestations of misogyny experienced by herself and other women. It was only when the problem became public that Knightley realized how much energy she was investing in protecting herself from potential male attacks:
When the women started listing out all the precautions they had taken on their way home, I thought, “I’m doing all of these too, and I don’t even think about it. It’s a depressive f * c *.
(…) I have experienced sexual harassment. We’ve all experienced it. I do not know any woman who has not encountered such a situation. Whether it was someone who exposed himself to her or touched her without her consent. Or some guy said he was going to cut her throat or slapped her in the face or whatever. Each of us has such experiences.
Many women and men in Poland can say the same about themselves as Keira Knightley. Our acquaintances, friends and sisters have also experienced abuse.
The actress’s words should not be a revelation to anyone, but their role should not be underestimated. Any public statement by celebrities such as Keira Knightley or Elliot Page that highlights the problem of misogyny, sexism, sexual harassment or intolerance, has a huge punch. And they are listened to by millions of fans around the world. And the more people talk about matters that have been shamefully hidden or ignored for years, the greater the chance of improving the situation.