Bella Thorne is the latest star to speak out about sexual assault in Hollywood – but the 20-year-old actress and singer didn’t use the #MeToo hashtag to tell fans about her experience.
Instead, her revelation came in response to a cruel comment on one of her photos.
Bella tweeted an image of herself in a purple suit, captioned with the words: “If I could f*ck this suit, I would.”
In response, a Twitter user asked: “What did Disney do to this girl? I think she was molested“.
Thorne fired back: “Yeah I was. So it wasn’t Disney.”
There was something uncomfortable about the exchange that went way beyond the shocking revelation and the unkind and ill-thought out comment that prompted it.
It raised some difficult questions.
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Had Bella intended to speak out? Or had she been backed into a corner, pushed to reveal something deeply personal and traumatic to justify herself to an internet troll?
We can’t speak for Bella, but if she did intend to share her story, we’re not sure a hasty retort in a heated Twitter exchange would’ve been her preferred way to go about it.
It revealed something potentially problematic about the #MeToo movement.
The hashtag is a rallying cry for victims of sexual assault. It’s a nod of solidarity; a safe space for all women.