"The Big Bang Theory" star found herself at the center of some big backlash over the weekend, after she wrote a piece about the Hollywood mogul for the New York Times which many online considered "victim blaming."
At the top of Monday's show, Whoopi Goldberg asked if Bialik's critics were right or if she's "just mildly ignorant."
"I think it's ignorant. I do like a lot of what she writes and I do believe she did not intentionally mean to shame victims," said Sara Haines. "But this is the part of the narrative that's so dangerous. Perpetuating that abuse is about beauty, about sexual intimacy, about sex at all. It has nothing to do with looks. Assault and predatory behavior make no discrimination. The only things these victims have in common is a powerlessness and it doesn't matter what you look like."
"Victims often times blame themselves," explained Sunny Hostin. "'Maybe if I didn't wear that, if I didn't go to the room.' I often say this, this is not about you, this is about him. He wanted to take power from you, this is about power and anger, you did nothing wrong."
"I was surprised at the tone deafness of her op-ed," Hostin continued. "She talked a lot about physical beauty. I thought that was crazy."
The op-ed took a controversial turn when Bialik wrote: "I have also experienced the upside of not being a 'perfect ten.' As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms. [...] I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don't act flirtatiously with men as a policy."
"I like to go to Vegas every few months and gamble and I like to dress the way I like to dress in Vegas. So if I want to have some bourbon and tie one off and flirt, that is an invitation for sexual assault?" asked new co-host Meghan McCain.
"People are sexually assaulted fully clothed, nuns have been sexually assaulted, it has nothing to do with that," added Goldberg. "I think perhaps because she lives a different kind of life, that's what, for her, everything is based on. I suspect that if you are in a very religious environment, people like us are asking for trouble. 'Let's not judge,' to religious folks, it's hard to ask of them."
After her comments found her at the center of a Twitter firestorm, Bialik responded online writing: "A bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior. Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that's absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It's so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women."