Following a scathing set of tweets against the #MeToo movement, Turning Point USA’s Communications Director Candace Owens is facing a lot of heat from both sides of the aisle.
In case you missed it, here’s what Owens said and it’s victim shaming at its finest.
The entire premise of #metoo is that women are stupid, weak & inconsequential.
Too stupid to know what men might want if you come to their hotel room late at night.
Too weak to turn around and tell someone not to touch your ass again.
Too inconsequential to realize this.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 11, 2018
In fact, the American Conservative Coalition has pulled their sponsorship of Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit, which begins in a few days.
— American Conservation Coalition (ACC) (@ACC_National) June 12, 2018
Kimberly Corban, a rape survivor and outspoken 2A advocate, is also speaking at the same conference and has a very different take on the movement.
How we speak about abuse victims matters. Countless survivors watch and hear these messages, weighing whether they will be judged for speaking out—for reporting—for trying to carry on in the face of shame or guilt that does not belong to them. Don’t add to that burden. #MeToo
— Kimberly Corban (@Kimberly_Corban) June 11, 2018
Many others also criticized Owens for her hot take on the movement.
I can assure you that no survivor views finding their voice and speaking out about their experience “trendy.” Sexual assault is not a trend – it’s the truth. Real victims who deserve to be heard are afraid to say anything because people like you ridicule them. https://t.co/j5shacM1gU
— Danielle Butcher (@DaniSButcher) June 12, 2018
Things got really interesting when Cameron Wallace, creative director for Lone Conservatives, chimed in.
hell if were gonna go there, I was sexually harassed at a conference that @TPUSA sponsored students to go to and a TPUSA “activist” was a guy who kept pressuring me to have sex with him. No wasn’t enough so he locked me in his hotel room and pinned me down until his roommate came
— Cam (@cam_wallaceee) June 11, 2018
.@cam_wallaceee What happened to you is horrific. No woman, no man is ever responsible for being taken advantage of like that. And @RealCandaceO's comments highlight her desire to say something repugnant instead of thinking about the real life victims she's attacking. https://t.co/P2YW4wbQIS
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 12, 2018
TPUSA Executive Director and founder Charlie Kirk has not weighed in and Owens has said she will not apologize for her insensitive comments. In fact, she’s planning to say even more at the conference during her session.
That might be a mistake. TPUSA has quickly become a huge platform for reaching conservative college students and no doubt many of those young ladies have been sexually harassed, assaulted or even become victims of rape. Allowing someone who is so insensitive and dismissive of their feelings and the movement that has given them courage to speak out about abuse to be a voice for your organization is a risky move and alienates the very people you are trying to reach.
The #MeToo movement like all movements, has its flaws, but overall, it’s been positive for women. There’s a big difference between encouraging women to be aware of their surroundings and victim blaming.
Candace Owens is guilty of the later and it’s not a good look for her or TPUSA.