Feb 23, 2021
Matilda Star Mara Wilson Recalls Being ‘Sexualized’ as a Child Actress: ‘I Felt Ashamed’
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Mara Wilson is opening up about the pitfalls of childhood stardom.
The Matilda star, now 33, wrote about her experience as a child actress in a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday, revealing her "intentional" efforts to avoid being sexualized in the media to no avail.
"I saw many teenage actresses and singers embracing sexuality as a rite of passage, appearing on the covers of lad mags or in provocative music videos. That was never going to be me, I decided," she wrote. "I had already been sexualized anyway, and I hated it."© Provided by People Tri Star/Kobal/Shutterstock
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Wilson wrote that like many other young women who became famous at a young age — including Judy Garland, Drew Barrymore and Britney Spears — she fell victim to the "narrative" that "famous kids deserve" the vitriol and scrutiny they often receive in the media.
Despite intentionally choosing roles in family movies, Wilson said that she was still "sexualized" from a young age and asked inappropriate questions by reporters.
"I mostly acted in family movies — the remake of Miracle on 34th Street, Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire. I never appeared in anything more revealing than a knee-length sundress," she wrote. "This was all intentional: My parents thought I would be safer that way. But it didn't work."© CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty "It was cute when 10-year-olds sent me letters saying they were in love with me. It was not when 50-year-old men did," the actress wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday
"It was cute when 10-year-olds sent me letters saying they were in love with me," Wilson continued. "It was not when 50-year-old men did."
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Wilson recalled, "Before I even turned 12, there were images of me on foot fetish websites and photoshopped into child pornography. Every time, I felt ashamed."
"Hollywood has resolved to tackle harassment in the industry, but I was never sexually harassed on a film set. My sexual harassment always came at the hands of the media and the public.."
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Wilson compared her experience as a child to star to Spears' — which has gotten renewed attention with the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears — noting that the main difference in their stories was having her family's support.
"Many moments of Ms. Spears's life were familiar to me. We both had dolls made of us, had close friends and boyfriends sharing our secrets and had grown men commenting on our bodies," Wilson wrote. "But my life was easier not only because I was never tabloid-level famous, but because unlike Ms. Spears, I always had my family's support. I knew that I had money put away for me, and it was mine. If I needed to escape the public eye, I vanished — safe at home or school."
Now, Wilson is carving out her own path. The actress concluded her essay, "The Narrative isn't a story someone else is writing anymore. I can write it myself."
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Ron Kim felt gaslit as Cuomo brothers joked on CNN amid nursing home deaths
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Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim — who has been candid about being bullied and threatened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the nursing home scandal — says he felt “gaslit” and stopped watching TV for six months after seeing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo playfully interviewing his brother, as the COVID-19 death toll mounted among nursing home residents.
“I was on the ground, yelling with my constituents who couldn’t see their loved ones, who knew that COVID was transmitting, and they were literally seeing their loved ones die of agony and pain alone with no funeral,” Kim, whose uncle died of coronavirus while a resident of one of the facilities, said on the “Fox Across America” radio show, Fox News reported.
“I turned the TV on and I see his brother [Chris Cuomo] and Andrew cracking jokes. I stopped watching TV for six months,” Kim told host Jimmy Failla.
“I couldn’t take it because I felt gaslit at times, and I was like, ‘Am I living in another reality? What is going on?'” Like, how come people are not telling the truth?” he said.
“I literally felt so demoralized and my constituents, I had a re-election, they kept telling me, ‘Don’t attack the governor. He is polling in 80 percent, 90 percent. You’re going to lose your re-election if you attack the governor,'” Kim continued.
“I didn’t care because people were dying. People needed justice, people needed truth. And it wasn’t just me,” Kim said. “There were plenty of other courageous, brave public servants who were speaking at the same time. But how do you compete when you have a brother on CNN giving you cover every single night on national TV?”
Kim is one of several Democrats who have assailed Cuomo’s order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients released from hospitals. The directive was enacted March 25, 2020, and rescinded that May.CNN’s Chris Cuomo jokes with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, about the size of his noseCNN
His comments come a day after Chris Cuomo told his CNN viewers that he would not cover his brother’s growing list of scandals, including allegations of sexual harassment, because they are siblings.
Kim has called for the governor’s impeachment over the nursing home scandal that saw state officials intentionally obscure the extent of the coronavirus’ death toll on the facilities.
He has alleged that the governor called him while at home, threatening to “destroy” his political career unless he helped mitigate damage from the ballooning scandal.
He is also one of nine Assembly members who accused Cuomo of engaging in “obstruction of justice” over withholding the true tally of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19.
This comes as Cuomo is also embroiled in a mounting sexual harassment scandal involving two former aides and another woman and the Albany legislature is about to strip him of his emergency COVID-19 powers..Filed under chris cuomo , cnn , impeachment , nursing homes , 3/3/21