Olivia Munn stopped by The View on Monday and weighed in on the progress she thinks the #MeToo movement has made since it started gaining traction.
“I think the biggest note that has changed since the #MeToo movement has started is that for the first time, there is an entire group of people, usually white men, who have to be aware of their existence,” she said. “If you ask any minority or LGBTQ member or woman who often we’re aware of our existence, it’s like, every day,” she added.
Munn pointed specifically to the backlash she’s heard from some who complain that they must now be more careful about their behavior or the things that they say. “When I go into a meeting and I’m talking, I have to think about three different ways before I say it. How are they going to accept this or take this or will the be pissed off?” she said. “It’s a silly backlash because I think, ‘The rest of us have been doing this forever! Welcome to the world!’”
Co-host Sunny Hostin praised Munn for using her platform to call attention to these issues, particularly the gender pay gap. “I still don’t understand why women don’t get equal pay for equal work,” said Hostin. “Why do you think this is such a difficult thing for people to grasp?” she asked.
“When I’m negotiating my contracts I know that there is somebody in the business affairs for the studio or whoever, and it’s usually a man talking to another man,” said Munn. “It’s just this tendency to give men more money every single time.
“This whole disparity was created by people at the top, and we can’t expect them to change it for us,” she added.