Jennifer Lopez Opened Up About Her #MeToo Moment
“The Bronx in me was like, 'Nah, we're not having it.’”
Today, Jennifer Lopez is a successful actress, singer, businesswoman, and producer, but, like many other Hollywood women who have spoken out since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, getting there wasn’t always easy.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Lopez admitted that she had faced her own #MeToo moment.
“I haven’t been abused in the way some women have. But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have,” Lopez said. “But did I do it? No, I did not.”
Like many others who have come forward with stories of sexual harassment in the workplace, Lopez was worried she had jeopardized her career by standing up for herself.
“I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, ‘What did I do? This man is hiring me!’” the "Get Right" singer said. “It was one of my first movies. But in my mind I knew the behavior wasn’t right. It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, 'Nah, we're not having it.'”
Over the years, Lopez has been a strong champion for women and girls around the world. In 2015, she was named the first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women at the UN Foundation. And her activism has also seeped into her recent music.
J. Lo challenges gender stereotypes and reverses the roles in her music video for the song “I Luh Ya Papi,” saying “Why can’t we, for once, objectify the men?”
Her song “I Ain’t Your Mama” also features a sound bite from Hillary Clinton’s famous 1995 speech at the UN in which she says that "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights, once and for all."
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