Wednesday 17 July 2019

'It is fear of not being believed and supported' - Amy Huberman on #MeToo backlash

Maria Doyle Kennedy and Amy Huberman on The Late Late Show
Maria Doyle Kennedy and Amy Huberman on The Late Late Show
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Actresses Maria Doyle Kennedy and Amy Huberman have shared their take on the recent backlash against the #MeToo movement.

The Striking Out stars spoke to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show about Catherine Deneuve and fellow French actresses denouncing the movement, which aims to highlight the sexual harassment and abuse of women.

"I just couldn't agree with what they were saying," said Maria Doyle Kennedy.  "They were more saying, 'oh you know a pinch on the bum is great, what are you on about?'.  I was like, no, people get to decide about their boundaries and about their own bodies."

She said she does not feel #MeToo has gone "too far".

"I think the way of reporting it or talking about it has always been that is something happens people would be weighing up is it worth complaining and being called a complainer or a moaner or can I just put up with it or let it pass."

Amy added that it is "fear of not being believed and not being supported".

She said that she had not read the letter written by Deneuve and 100 other French women, but feels there cannot be a "blanket thing because life doesn't work like that" and added, "I think when you take the essence of what we're talking about, as Maria said, [the movement] can only be seen as a positive thing when it is encouraging and supporting people to tell their stories. 

"And you know if it is subjective to them and, as Maria said, their boundaries and what they feel is wrong and misconduct then that needs to be heard.  It's great that there is a platform to be heard."

On a lighter note, Amy also revealed that she does not watch her on-screen kissing scenes with her husband Brian O'Driscoll.

"I'm not there," she told Ryan.  "I'll disappear, anywhere but the TV room!  I don't really love watching this stuff anyway and I definitely would not enjoy watching that with my husband!"

She added, "He knows James [Phelan, Striking Out creator] very well.  They've golfed together quite a bit so there's quite a lot of slagging going on between them but it's all in good spirits."

Speaking about what happens when Brian watches the show, she added, "I'll come in and ask him something and he's like, 'Shut up I'm watching this' and I'll hear the voices and I'm gone!"

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