World-renowned self-help guru and motivational speaker Tony Robbins has recently been subject to immense criticism from the mainstream media after bringing to light the downside and misuse of the #MeToo movement, which was generated to encourage women to speak out against sexual misconduct in the workplace.
At an Unleash The Power Within seminar at San Jose, Robbins stated that women were using the movement to gain ‘significance’ and claim victimhood. Robbins said, “Anger is not empowerment… I am not mocking the #MeToo movement, I am mocking victimhood”. He went on to explain, “If you use the #MeToo movement to try to get significance and certainty by attacking and destroying someone else… all you’ve done is basically use a drug called significance to make yourself feel good…”
Robbins’ words were immediately placed out of context by mainstream media to launch a tirade against the motivational speaker and portray him as a misogynist. As a survivor of abuse, one could potentially interpret that Robbins was simply encouraging his event attendees to move past the trauma and focus on self-development rather than indulging in the blame-game. However, his speech was used to mislead readers into believing that Robbins doesn’t ‘understand’ the movement.
The video from the San Jose event clearly indicates that Robbins doesn’t question the validity of #MeToo, he simply calls out on the misuse of such a movement. Thanks to #MeToo, the likes of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein have rightfully and successfully been penalized for their conduct. Moreover, it has spread global awareness and encouraged millions of women to resist and speak out against sexual harassment.
A movement of this magnitude has spawned a much-needed revolution and will hopefully curb the actions of many potential perpetrators. However, one cannot deny that some people, albeit a very small percentage have used it to their personal advantage. On that note, Robbins shared the example of a client who didn’t hire an attractive woman because it was just ‘too risky to have her around’.