‘Big Bang Theory’ star Mayim Bialik responds to ‘vicious’ criticism over her Harvey Weinstein editorial

Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has responded to backlash to an editorial she penned about sexual harassment in the wake of allegations of assault and harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The actress wrote an op-ed titled Being Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World, which was published by the New York Times on Friday. In it, she discussed how she had not experienced being invited to hotel rooms by powerful industry executives -- something several actresses have alleged Weinstein did before acting inappropriately with them.

“Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men of power unless we can make them money,” she explained.

She then noted that she has never condoned anyone calling her “baby” or wanting hugs on set, and that she makes choices about her clothing and behavior to make herself less prone to harassment.

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Blossom -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'The Beginning of the End' Episode 23 -- Pictured: Mayim Bialik as Jennifer Cole (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1990: Actress Mayim Bialik poses for a portrait circa 1990 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 9: Actress Tracy Wells, actor Rob Stone and actress Mayim Bialik attend 'Paint the Town Pink' Party to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of 'The Pink Panther' to Benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation on November 9, 1989 at Ed Debevic's Short Order Deluxe in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 10: BLOSSOM - Season Three - 8/10/92, Mayim Bialik (Blossom), (Photo by Touchstone Pictures/ABC via Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 21: BLOSSOM - 'Ruby' - Season Three - 12/21/92, Mayim Bialik (Blossom) and director Bill Bixby during filming of the 'Ruby' episode., (Photo by Touchstone Pictures/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Mayim Bialik poses at the Kari Feinstein Golden Globes Style Lounge at Zune LA on January 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the Alliance for Children's Rights Annual Dinner Gala on February 10, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 6: -- While Penny worries that dating Leonard has ruined her for normal guys, Wolowitz and Koothrappali search for Sheldon's (Jim Parsons, left) perfect match (Mayim Bialik, right) online, on the third season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Monday, May 24 (9:31-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 07: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the 17th Annual Race to Erase MS event co-chaired by Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 3: Mayim Bialik arrives at the World Premiere of 'Something Borrowed' at the Grauman's Chinese Theater on May 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on June 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 25: Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 36th annual Gracie Awards gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 30: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Horrible Bosses' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the TCA Party for CBS, The CW and Showtime held at The Pagoda on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15: Mayim Bialik attends the 'The Big Bang Theory' 100th Episode Celebration at California Science Center on December 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: 'The Countdown Reflection' -- When Howard and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch, right) decide they want to be married before his NASA launch, the gang rushes to put on a wedding, on the fifth season finale of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, May 10 (8:00 - 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Jim Parsons (left) and Mayim Bialik (center). (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 7: 'The Rothman Disintegration' ' When an office at the University opens up, Sheldon must compete for it with his archenemy, Kripke. Meanwhile, a gift from Amy (Mayim Bialik) makes Penny uncomfortable, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00 - 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Dr. Mayim Bialik promotes 'Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way' at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on March 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Mayim Bialik attends the 17th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books - Day 2 at USC on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actress Dr. Mayim Bialik attends the 2012 CBS Upfronts at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Actress/neuroscientist Mayim Bialik is honored at The Anti-Defamation League Deborah Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center on April 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Actors (L-R) Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki of Favorite Network TV Comedy winner 'The Big Bang Theory' pose in the press room at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 15: 'The Spoiler Alert Segmentation' -- When Sheldon (Jim Parsons, right) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki, left) fight, it affects Penny (Kaley Cuoco, left center) and Amy's (Mayim Bialik, right center) living arrangements, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Feb. 7 (8:00 'Â 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- AUGUST 25: Actress Mayim Bialik arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Mayim Bialik performs on the Lovitz or Leavitz live vodcast with Mayim Bialik at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on October 24, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 20: 'The Convention Conundrum' -- The girls see if they can act like 'Âgrown-ups,'Â on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00 -Â 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Mayim Bialik and Harlem Globetrotters Scooter (L), Stretch (C) and Big Easy (R) at Staples Center on February 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Harlem Globetrotters)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Actors Jim Parsons (front) and (l-r) Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting attend a ceremony honoring Jim Parsons wtih the 2,545th Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on March 11, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 2nd annual Save a Child's Heart Gala held at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mayim Bialik arrives at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Mayim Bialik poses in the press room at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: Actress Mayim Bialik attends the Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'The Bronze' at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on March 7, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Actress Mayim Bialik attends 'The Big Bang Theory' event at the 33rd annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: (L-R) Executive producer Bill Prady, actors Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco attend The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PALEYFEST Los Angeles ÃThe Big Bang Theory' at Dolby Theatre on March 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mayim Bialik attends the Women In Comedy event with July cover stars Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig hosted by ELLE at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on June 7, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote. “I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”

However, the piece attracted some criticism, with readers accusing Bialik of implying that women may be to blame for being harassed because of the way they dress.

“I have to say I was dressed non provocatively as a 12 year old when men on the street masturbated at me,” actress Patricia Arquette responded to Bialik. “It's not clothing.”

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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein:

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Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.

Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.

French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.

Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled. 
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.
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Taking to Twitter on Sunday, she explained that her words had been taken out of context by some readers.

“I’m being told that my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all the feedback,” she wrote. “I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior.”

“Anyone who knows me and my feminism know that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about,” she continued. “It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”

Bialik also announced that she will be doing a Facebook live session with the New York Times on Monday to discuss the matter further.

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