Lynda Carter came forward with her own #MeToo story on Monday — but did she tell us more than she said out loud??
In an interview with The Daily Beast, the original Wonder Woman revealed she too had been the victim of sexual abuse but refused to come out and say who her abuser was.
She did, however, give some big clues, starting with the fact he’s currently facing consequences and had violated “a lot of people.” She said:
“He’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again.”
But then, apparently apropos of nothing, she added:
“And I believe every woman in the Bill Cosby case.”
Um, what? Why would she specifically mention Cosby? Was she trying to tell us something??
The Daily Beast seemed to wonder the same thing, adding in this note:
(Later, The Daily Beast asked Carter’s representative if Cosby himself had been Carter’s alleged abuser. The representative responded that, as per her wishes during our interview, “she doesn’t want to name any names.”)
The first season of Wonder Woman appeared on ABC from 1975 to 1976. In ’76, Carter appeared with Cosby on Cos, her fellow network star’s short-lived answer to Saturday Night Live.
The next season, Wonder Woman moved to CBS.
We don’t have any way of knowing for sure that’s who Carter is talking about, but there are only so many men currently facing the music for multiple accusers…
Speaking of which, what is her abuser facing now? She stays coy at this question, saying:
“Well, whatever it is, it isn’t enough.”
So why not come forward with his name, and add her voice to the chorus calling for justice?
“I can’t add anything to it. I wish I could. But there’s nothing legally I could add to it, because I looked into it. I’m just another face in the crowd. I wish I could, and if I could I would. And I would talk about it. But it ends up being about me, and not about the people who can talk about it. I don’t want it to be about me, it’s not about me. It’s about him being a scumbag. So legally I can’t do anything. If I could I would.”
Perhaps it’s the age Carter came up in that has her choosing to leave his name out.
She goes on to say she faced harassment throughout her early career, for instance:
“There was a cameraman who drilled a hole in my dressing room wall on the Warner Brothers lot.”
That one got caught and “drummed out of the business” but usually she and others would keep quiet about it for fear of repercussions like blacklisting:
“Who you are going to tell except your girlfriends and your circle of friends? You’d say or hear, ├óΓé¼╦£Stay away from that guy.’ ├óΓé¼╦£Watch out for this casting director.’ And so you would hear it from other people, other people would hear it from other people. ├óΓé¼╦£Watch out for so and so.’ That’s how you protected yourself: through the grapevine.”
For those men who still don’t know what kind of behavior is unacceptable, Carter has a clear distinction:
“There is a difference between a guy hitting on you, which everybody has, and a guy assaulting you. If someone is hitting on you aggressively, you go, ├óΓé¼╦£Back off’ and he does. But then there is the guy who locks you in a room, or who corners you. There is a huge difference when you can’t speak up, or you get blackballed if you say anything. The repercussion of all this has been #MeToo.”
Lynda is happy about the change coming with #MeToo and #TimesUp but she isn’t surprised at all by everything coming out:
“I asked my husband if he was surprised by all the #MeToo stories. ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah, I’m surprised,’ he said. Ask any woman, they’re not surprised. It’s been going on for years. It’s not news to us, but it is news to you. We’ve been trying to tell you. We’ve been trying to tell you for a long time and you haven’t listened.”
We’re listening, Lynda. And we’re reading between the lines, too.
Do YOU think she’s talking about Cosby???