Victim blaming is a form of abuse. #SHAME #AskMichaelFasbenderWhy
In the past few months, the viral #MeToo movement has inspired scores of women to come forward with stories of surviving harassment and abuse at the hands of men in power and the public sphere, kicked off by the public revelations of Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior. In this new era, these women have been met with positive support, with many of the alleged perpetrators falling from grace as they lose their jobs and titles, such as Weinstein.
However, the Weinstein scandal breathed life back into dormant allegations involving an actor formerly connected with Weinstein. In 2009, Michael Fassbender brutally assaulted my friend Sunawin Leasi Andrews—only one documented instance of several physically-abusive events throughout their relationship. In 2010 she filed charges and a judge granted her a restraining order against Michael after he dragged her alongside a moving car, causing extensive physical injuries.
She later dropped the charges because she feared they would hurt the prospects of his upcoming film Inglorious Basterds during the upcoming Golden Globes, SAG and Academy Awards nominations. At the time, she worked for the company that produced the movie along with The Weinstein Company.
Ever since, she’s been the subject of toxic victim-shaming, with comments posted on articles released by me and The Daily Mail criticizing and bringing up details from her life that have nothing to do with the Fassbender incidents.
While some of these articles appear to have been deleted after the publication of a February 2018 Daily Beast article criticizing Fassbender recirculated her accusations, other blogs, and social media platforms still contain vicious, negative comments in which his fans continue to defend him and shame her. These fans think they know Fassbender from watching his movie but the reality is they don’t know the “real” Fassbender.
In contrast to the accused men who have fallen from grace in the past few months during the #MeToo and subsequent #TimesUp campaigns, Michael Fassbender has suffered no professional consequences (besides the ones of his own making with flopped films) even today.
After The New York Daily News wrote the story about Michael abusing Leasi in 2010 – in which I was ghostwrite - (see link below) he continued to get extremely lucrative movie roles funded by major movie studios, like -X-Men, Steve Jobs, 12 Years a Slave – where Michael plays a handsome yet violent and cruel plantation owner who sleeps with one of his slaves then is violence towards Patsey, he falls in love with her, and he doesn't know what to do with that information.
For Leasi, even in the midst of the ongoing #TimesUp movement, there has been no justice for her as she continues to be victim-shamed publicly while her abuser appears in movies as recently released as of October 2017 (after the #MeToo campaign went viral).
As her friend for the past decade, including the time of her relationship with Fassbender, I can speak for her when I say that she is being treated in a grossly unfair, sexist, and inaccurate light. It is beyond time to put an end to this vicious system of blaming the victim.
It seemed few people believe that Michael could be violent especially to a woman, they look at a Hollywood Star, married to a young beautiful Oscar-winner actress, and they can’t imagine that a decade ago he was capable of throwing his ex-girlfriend Leasi over a chair and breaking her nose, but he did.
Before you make one more comment about shaming the victims read this article:
Every dollar you spend when you purchase anything a known abuser is selling, movie tickets, songs, clothing, makeup, etc., you are supporting, protecting, accepting the abuser.
Every follow, share, like, unlike or comment you give them on social media generates popularity frenzy that keeps their careers going.
Here is a small list of Male celebrities who have been accused of abuse by their female partners but fans are still supporting them:
Floyd Mayweather – Several Women
Mayweather’s record of domestic abuse:
2001: Mayweather punches Melissa Brim, the mother of his daughter, Iyanna, in the neck during an argument over child support at a Las Vegas mall. In March 2002, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he pleaded guilty to two counts of battery against Brim and received a suspended sentence.
2003: Mayweather is accused of punching two female friends of Josie Harris, mother to three Mayweather children, at a Las Vegas nightclub and chasing them out of the club. Mayweather receives a suspended sentence after being convicted of two counts of battery, according to the Las Vegas Sun. He’s ordered to undergo “impulse control” counseling. The verdict is later vacated and the charges “dismissed per negotiations.”
2005: Mayweather stands trial for felony battery after allegedly punching and kicking Harris and dragging her out of his Bentley after she confronts him about cheating. Harris changes her story on the witness stand and says she lied to police about the fight and Mayweather’s history of abuse. Mayweather is acquitted.
2010: Mayweather and Harris have split, but she still lives in a house Mayweather owns. Mayweather confronts Harris at the house for dating NBA guard C.J. Watson. After police head off the initial fight, Mayweather returns shortly before dawn and beats Harris in the back of the head and threatens to beat his children if they call the police, according to the arrest report. In an account given to Las Vegas police, Harris’ son Koraun, then 10 years old, says, “I saw my dad was on my mom and my mom said go to the office my dad was hitting her… my dad kick my mom and he told me to go in my room.” Mayweather, who contends that he was trying to restrain Harris, is charged with multiple felonies. He pleads guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault and harassment and is sentenced to 90 days in jail, the Associated Press reported. He’s released a month early for good behavior.
John Lennon – Cynthia and Yoko Ono
In a Mirror UK article: John Lennon's attitude towards hitting women isn't something he shied away from - in fact, he openly admitted it during a 1980 interview with Playboy while insisting his earlier violence motivated his later calls for peace and love.
He said: “All that I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved' was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically - any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women.”
Chris Brown – Rihanna
Chris Brown abused ex-girlfriend Rihanna, who was left bruised and bleeding after Brown attacked her inside a rented Lamborghini after attending Clive Davis Pre Grammy Party in early February 2009.
Here is the original article in which I supplied the story since I was the last person to see them together inside the Lamborghini and photographed them before Chris allegedly beat Rihanna: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/chris-brown-arrested-battery-investigation-victim-suspected-girlfriend-rihanna-article-1.368875
Following the incident, Chris Brown was arrested and was sentenced to community service and domestic violence counseling, and a restraining order. Brown made a documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, he talks about the abusive relationship, he said:
“I felt like a fucking monster.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbS2hcKHdjQ
Ake – Tina Turner
They had a volatile relationship that included a broken jaw and bloody fight in a Las Vegas limousine.
“Yeah, I hit her, but I didn’t hit her more than the average guy beats his wife. The truth is, our life was no different from the guy next door’s. It’s been exaggerated. People buy bad news, dirty news. If she says I abused her, maybe I did.” Ake said in an interview.
Sonny Bono – Cher
Cher said in an interview:
‘I wouldn’t have left him if he hadn’t had such a tight grip—such a tight grip,’ she said.
Sonny treated her ‘more like a golden goose than like his wife…. I forgive him, I think. He hurt me in so many ways, but there was something. He was so much more than a husband - a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher.’
Johnny Depp - Amber Heard
Johnny Depp’s managers ‘knew he abused his ex-wife Amber Heard and claim he once violently kicked the actress
Donald Trump Victim-Blamed Nicole Brown Simpson, And Then Wanted OJ To Star On “The Apprentice”
Bobby Brown – Whitney Houston
Mike Tyson – Robyn Givens
OJ Simpson – Ana Nicole Simpson
Tommy Lee – Pamela Anderson
Sean Penn – Madonna
Pete Doherty – Kate Moss
Why is Michael Fassbender still allowed to star in the upcoming David Sandberg’s action-comedy Kung Fury movie?
I recently found this article about “Stans”, read below:
These intense fans are not just fans, but stans: a portmanteau of the words “stalker” and “fan” that denotes someone who is so passionate about their fandom, they’ll stop at nothing to defend their favorite celebrity (or “fave,” as they’re often called in the stan community) against anyone who appears to criticize them. This is different than the superfan, an enthusiastic person who may mail off photographs in the hopes of an autograph, or line up outside of concerts and movie premieres in hopes of a tiny bit of star contact.