Emma Freedman has explained her comments on the Richmond nude photo scandal that saw an immediate backlash accusing her of ‘victim blaming’.
On Sports Sunday, presenter Emma Freedman was asked by Peter FitzSimons for her thoughts on the punishment AFL footballers should be subjected to after a nude photo of a woman wearing a Richmond premiership medal was leaked and circulated.
— Sports Sunday (@SportsSunday) October 15, 2017
“My opinion on it, Peter, is, don’t take your clothes off, to be honest,” she said.
After she was asked whether she thought it was the woman’s fault, she responded, “If you’re in a position where you think you might be put in a vulnerable position later on, for me, I wouldn’t take my clothes off.”
Last night, Freedman posted on Twitter a further explanation of what she really meant by her comments.
"I did not blame the woman involved. I did not 'woman bash'. For those who have gone over the top to abuse me for what I said today let me clarify," she began.
Hopefully this helps clarify my comments on today’s show. I respect others positions, hopefully you can do the same with mine ???? pic.twitter.com/7sD5BoDh6t
— Emma Freedman (@emma_freedman) October 15, 2017
"I consider myself a feminist. But I also take into consideration, in this modern day and age, the vulnerable position of women."
She went on to say that while she believed the player who distributed the photo unlawfully should be held accountable, choosing to take part in the taking of the photo was "dangerous".
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"I'm not saying it's wrong, or bad. I'm saying it's dangerous... I feel very sorry for the woman involved. It's humiliating for her. But the taking of that photograph put her in a vulnerable position," she wrote.
"How can we absolutely trust someone will delete the photograph? We can't. As we've seen over the last week.
“Maybe I’m overly careful and very distrusting of others, possibly to my fault. You may not agree with me, but hopefully you can understand."
She said that she hoped in the future things like this wouldn't happen.
"Let's hope that in the future we can all be free to engage in things like this (if we choose to) and feel protected and safe. Sadly I think that's a long way off. I wish that wasn't the case".