"We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof," the actress tweets.
Kirstie Alley received a lot of backlash on Twitter Wednesday after she blasted anonymous victims for not facing their accusers in the midst of several sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood right now.
"What the hell is happening," Alley tweeted. "We now live in a country where people lose their jobs when accused of something without proof or trial or in some cases with anonymous accusers? Can't confront your accuser? This is bulls--t. And it hurts the real victims of abuse and innocent people."
Naturally, Alley's remarks were viewed as a reaction to the former NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer getting the boot over one anonymous female colleague accusing him of "inappropriate sexual behavior." The actress later clarified that she never mentioned the TV personality in any of her tweets and the accusation is "another example of misapplication run a muck."
Still, many who spotted the tweet were not happy. One critic wrote, "Kirstie, you and Donna Karan should join up. Both of you are EQUALLY disgusting people for victim blaming. Incredibly insensitive and ignorant."
Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton was among the blue check marks leading the charge.
In what state does an employer need a judge or jury to tell them who they can fire? "Person accused of sexual harassment" is not a protected class.— Topher Rhodes (@topherhodes) November 29, 2017
Damn Kirstie, if U R so DESPERATE for a date with #MattLauer that you say something like this, well, U won't have to wait long. Pretty sure his wife will be dumping him soon. Have at it.....you're first in line.— Lisa (@ldstep) November 30, 2017
Kirstie, you and Donna Karan @dkny should join up. Both of you are EQUALLY disgusting people for victim blaming. Incredibly insensitive and ignorant.— Lisa (@ldstep) November 30, 2017
I thought you were smarter than this. Blaming the victim should be beneath you. It's virtually impossible to confront a powerful accuser. Most often offenders don't lose their jobs (though many times the victims will). If they do, an investigation is always done. Wake up!— Kimberly Mager (@knm018) November 30, 2017
She should just return to her lemur torture chamber and work on removing her thetans— Deac Guidi (@fromwc) November 30, 2017
I always loved you growing up but when you make statements like this, it makes me want to say, fuck you. #MeeToo— Kimberly Gifford (@KeGifford) November 30, 2017
Spoken like the true #Scientology sheep she is. She was much funnier high on coke & booze. If you take away the substance abuse but don't fix the asshole and you get .@kirstiealley. 💣 https://t.co/YlZ6a6O8wm— cLAiRe (@mohiclaire) November 30, 2017
Seriously??Were you there when we were threatened with losing our jobs?OR when we did report it & got fired?OR when we did report it & were told that because of his position in the company we wouldn’t be believed?We come forward now because there’s strength in numbers #metoo— Ro (@RandJ) November 30, 2017
She needs to pic.twitter.com/a8eLlySaVC— 🚀Katie🏒 (@gallymero) November 30, 2017
What do you expect from a scientologist?!?!?!— Heather Leavitt (@SwtHeatherette) November 30, 2017
Did Miscavige and Xenu tell you to tweet this? You're disgusting!— Kristen Leigh Cook (@Krissylcook) November 30, 2017
Stay in your own lane Kirstie. You're a D list "actress" who belongs to a crazy cult.— Enjae S. Ostberg (@EnjaeSusan) November 30, 2017
So it really grates my nerves seeing tweets like Kristie's. I have no idea if she's ever been abused, but if she hasn't, she has no knowledge to be speaking out like this— 🚀Katie🏒 (@gallymero) November 30, 2017