2018-03-18 17:14:45 UTC
Barbra Streisand said shes never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused
by the media.
During a tribute to Streisands decades of TV music specials and other programs,
producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the
#MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews.
Never, she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. I wasnt
like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe thats why.
She acknowledged the power of protests against gender inequality sweeping
through Hollywood and society.
Were in a strange time now in terms of men and women and the pendulum swinging
this way and that way, and its going to have to come to the center, Streisand
said during Fridays Paley Center for Media event held at a packed theater.
Her reluctance to talk to news outlets is based on years of what she called
inaccurate reporting, including one story that claimed she has an awards room
at home dedicated to her Oscars, Emmys and other trophies. But it was the late
TV journalist Mike Wallace who came in for the sharpest criticism.
Streisand said that when she was a young star (and before Wallace joined 60
Minutes), he asked her hurtful questions during a TV interview and she called
him afterward to complain. But on a subsequent show, Wallace told viewers whod
objected to his treatment of Streisand that she loved the interview, according
to the star.
I thought, I dont know what date rape is, its terrible but it was such a
violation, she said. Why lie?