William H. Macy has landed in hot water after making some poorly worded comments about the Time’s Up initiative. During Sunday night’s SAG Awards in LA, William went backstage to the press room to talk about his win for best comedy TV actor in Showtime’s Shameless. I was in the press room at the time of the interview. One member of the press asked William to weigh in on the Time’s Up initiative, through the lens of men. Specifically, did he have any thoughts on how men could support the movement and better protect their female peers?
His flustered reply was a bit long-winded, and while it seems he had good intentions, he still offered a pretty perplexing answer. “We’ve got to be free to speak the unspeakable and try things. So, I hope [the Time’s Up movement] doesn’t throw a wet blanket on things,” he said. “And I don’t think it will, because half the business is women. And they’re smart, and they’re hip. I have two daughters. I feel girls are ascendant, and I’m thrilled for them. It’s a good time to be a girl.”
“I’m proud of this business, because such things as safety in the workplace, that’s done. We’re not going back,” William continued. “It changed in an instant, and it’s not going back. When it comes to equality in pay, it’s inevitable, and it’s going to happen quickly.” It’s worth noting that William threw his support behind Shameless costar Emmy Rossum when it came to salary and contract negotiations in 2016.
It’s hard to be a woman all days, William. https://t.co/lRDF0k8lXE
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 22, 2018