Amber Rose Recaps ‘SlutWalk’ Tackling Sexual Assault, Shaming, Race & Feminism with Special Guests -- PLUS: Amber’s Hate from Uber Twerking Video
Following her much-talked about ‘SlutWalk,’ Amber Rose fills in for Larry King on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now to guest-host a panel discussion on sexual violence, slut shaming and feminism. Panelists include Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder star Matt McGorry, broadway singer and former American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis, female sexual medicine specialist, Dr. Jennifer Berman and Professor Juliet Williams.
"Sexual assault, or rape, is not an act of sex. It's an act of anger and violence so sex doesn't have anything to do with it. How we dress and how we look doesn't matter in that circumstance." Dr. Jennifer Berman speaks on sexual assault and the perception of it in our culture.
Guest-hosting a Larry King Now panel on several issues including slut shaming, Amber Rose recalls the hateful comments she and Blac Chyna received on social media after they posted a twerking video in an Uber enroute to the MTV Video Music Awards in August and combats it saying, “I think society does teach us as a culture that if you are sexy than you can’t be smart or if you do dress sexy or if you're confident in your sexuality that you are asking for it.”
Frenchie Davis responds saying, "I think something that was very telling was you started talking about how we have to continue to talk to women about how they conduct themselves when they're out in public, but why are we not having the same conversations with men? About how they conduct themselves publicly because you can't take the responsibility away from them. How I dress has no bearing whatsoever on your inability to control yourself and I think we have to be really clear on that."
During a discussion on how to prevent young boys from becoming future sexual assault offenders, Amber Rose says that it is often young males who write degrading things to her on social media. OITNB star Matt McGorry also gives his take on derogatory language used towards women and girls, “I think these conversation start young. I think male privilege is a thing that a lot of men are blind to. A lot of people make comments that they think are innocent but ultimately are fueling the entire bases for rape culture.” (clip below)
What IS feminism? Amber Rose and the OITNB star Matt McGorry breakdown the actual definition of the word and who’s associated with it. “There’s different levels of oppression depending on race. I think it’s gender equality really. When we look at it, it’s not just men and women but transgender people, gender fluid, agender.”
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"One of the things that plays a huge roll in why so many women don't come forward when they're sexually assaulted includes things like slut-shaming. We live in a rape-apologetic society and we victim shame women who come forward, and I think that that plays a huge role in why so many rapists go unpunished." - Frenchie Davis
"Sexual assault, or rape, is not an act of sex. It's an act of anger and violence so sex doesn't have anything to do with it. How we dress and how we look doesn't matter in that circumstance." - Dr. Jennifer Berman
"I think a big solution to this problem is getting rid of the double standards. I think something that was very telling was you started talking about how we have to continue to talk to women about how they conduct themselves when they're out in public, but why are we not having the same conversations with men about how they conduct themselves publicly because you can't take the responsibility away from them. How I dress has no bearing whatsoever on your inability to control yourself, and I think we have to be really clear on that." - Frenchie Davis
"It's not necessarily blaming the victim but- If we could just look at it as be aware and cognizant that we can't control what other people are gonna do, say or think." - Dr. Jennifer Berman
"I'm raising my son to be a male feminist. That is most important to me." - Amber Rose
"I think there is something in the way that we're raising our sons. I think that the way parents are monitoring their daughters, I think that there needs to be some of that same accountability in the way that they're monitoring their sons." - Frenchie Davis
"Male privilege is a thing that a lot of men are blind to." - Matt McGorry
"Even as a woman, you don't have to want to dress a certain way, but you have to respect someone else's right to want to do it the way they want to do it." - Matt McGorry
"Well let me just clear up that I'm super hot and fat, so I will lead that walk, so let's be clear on that." - Frenchie Davis
"I do think that women are not allowed to be not beautiful as much as they're shamed when they appear too sexual.” - Dr. Juliet Williams
“What I'm dealing with with my college students is that for every one college student who's slut-shamed, I've got another student who's anorexic who literally won't eat cause she thinks she has to not weigh a certain amount. I have a woman who wakes up and spends two hours a day putting on a face that she's hiding behind because she's ashamed of the body that she happens to live in. As we talk about sexual liberation and feminist liberation, we have to think about all of the shaming which women are suffering under today." - Dr. Juliet Williams
"I think that most men don't think of themselves as sexist, as chauvinists, as slut-shamers. Some of them have a little bit of a fear that they're being persecuted for something that they would never willingly do." - Dr. Juliet Williams
"I think the first step is understanding that what a woman chooses to do with her body, what she chooses to wear has nothing to do with you, or your interpretation, or your opinion. Like, when I woke up and decided blue was the power color, I did that for Frenchie Davis and nobody else." - Frenchie Davis
"There was all the leaked photos, the nude photos of lots of different actresses and, look, a lot of those actresses, I'm attracted to. I would like to see those photos, but in my mind it's unacceptable to look at something that was taken from someone's private life. And I understand that's a high standard, but we can all sort of adapt and maybe look at those standards and look at ourselves and say it's not harmless. By clicking you're voting." - Matt McGorry
"Do I believe that I would have been disqualified in the manner that I was if I were a thinner singer or a white singer? I don't believe that. Several years later there was a white singer who had a penis in her mouth on the internet and they let her stay on the show." - Frenchie Davis on getting disqualified from American Idol due to having nude photos on the internet