Evan Rachel Wood in 2017: Radicalization Realized


By the time 2017 rolled around, Evan Rachel Wood had already become radicalized into a feminist ideology that compelled her to view herself as a victim of abuse who had now awakened like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, becoming empowered through her voice and her art and her entire way of life to break free of all the stereotypes, all the lies, all the masks, all the norms and codes of conduct which a white male-driven society subjected her to. But she was still #NotOk. Removing those masks left her vulnerable by exposing her pain, a pain primarily brought into her life by white powerful older men from her past. She was not ready yet to name her abusers and rapists. Right now she was ready for a transition, a new public image, to be a voice for the voiceless. America had just elected Donald Trump, and she felt hopeless and lost, until she realized America needed her now more than ever. She was up to the challenge. If 2016 was the year Evan Rachel Wood became radicalized, 2017 would be Evan Rachel Wood realizing that radicalization.

 
Rockin' the Pantsuit

After Evan Rachel Wood came out on Rolling Stone in November of 2016 by saying she had been raped twice many years before and still was #NotOk, she also revealed that the true Evan had now awakened within her and she wanted to be an advocate through her platform on behalf of bisexuality and bring an awareness to sexual and domestic abuse, which she became a victim of due to her being misunderstood as a bisexual. One of the first ways she did this was through the pantsuit. If we couldn't have a female President famous for her pantsuits, then Evan was going to make pantsuits great again and take the red carpet by storm at every award show she attended in 2017 by wearing a suit instead of the traditional dress as she always had done in the past and as everyone still did.

“I’ve always wanted to do it. I promised myself this year that I would wear a suit to every awards show,” Evan told E! at the S.A.G. Awards in Jnuary 2017. “A lot of it is personal,” she continued. “I myself felt pressure a lot of times that I had to look or dress a certain way, especially growing up in the industry. I thought I would go the other way and reach out to a little girl who is like me, possibly. It’s all about choice.”

At the Golden Globes earlier that month, her messaging was the same. She said, “This is my third nomination, I’ve been to the Globes six times and I’ve worn a dress every time and I love dresses. I’m not trying to protest dresses but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women knew that they aren’t a requirement and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to — to just be yourself because your worth is more than that.”  Her look at the Globes was an homage to David Bowie as well as Marlene Dietrich, and this time around, when E! correspondent Guiliana Rancic asked who she’d like to play in a biopic, she name-checked Dietrich again.

Though Evan would later claim that part of Marilyn Manson's abuse towards her was that he forced her to dress a certain way when she was with him, the evidence actually exists that in every major relationship she has ever been in she has always conformed her style to the style of her significant other, showing that this was always a part of her own style choice and not something forced upon her, but now at the 2017 award ceremonies she had a statement to make about individual expression that need not conform to anyone else or even the environment you are in. One wonders if her style choice at this time was the beginning of her narrative of an abuse that was actually created in her own head, where she may have now come to believe that her choices in the past to conform was something imposed on her rather than chosen by her.

 
Relationship With Zach Villa

Though Evan made a big deal about dressing in what you feel like dressing in and just being yourself at the 2017 award shows, she and Zach Villa were spotted wearing matching silver bands on their left ring fingers, raising speculation the couple was now engaged. The engagement was confirmed through her rep. When you compare the couple in photos, moreover, Evan is still seen conforming to the look of her significant other, to the point of even wearing glasses together though she seemingly didn't normally wear them. The glasses at this time became a new fashion to compliment her pantsuit and activism.

The pair first met in 2015 while performing together in a John Hughes-themed cabaret in Los Angeles, and shortly after they teamed up to form the electro-pop duo Rebel and a Basketcase. The band released their first album in September of 2016.

In September of 2017 it was announced that Zach and Evan had called off their engagement a month earlier.

 
The HRC Visibility Award

In early February of 2017 Evan accepted the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award, which is an award given since 2012 among other awards by them that primarily are awarded to famous people. Dressed in her now signature activist attire of a pantsuit with glasses, she talked about what led her to receive this award in her acceptance speech. It went back to June 10, 2016 when she released a private video on YouTube detailing the difficulties she has faced as a bisexual. In this video she quoted a bunch of statistics which her whole video revolved around. These statistics she quoted were not scientific statistics however, but statistics formulated by the Human Rights Campaign which they gathered from their social media followers. It seems Evan through her YouTube video was actually campaigning for an award from the Human Rights Campaign, whom she never named in her June 10th video though she must have been very aware that they would know.

In her acceptance speech, Evan shows us her emotional side as she describes growing up bisexual and how difficult it was for her to come out with that label. Though emotional and dramatic in her delivery, she does not shed a tear even though her voice breaks with emotion. This comes off as a sign of someone who is acting, because if her emotions reflected her internal suffering it would surely bring out tears with the voice cracking, but as an experienced actress who is well-known to be able to shed tears on cue, even from just one eye if she wanted to, she also knows to control herself to not shed tears if this would disrupt her speech. This is something we will see again when she talks about her past rape and abuse in a court setting.

The overall message of Evan's speech is summed up in the quote she opens with and with the quote she ends with, which have to do with being fearless, having a voice, being yourself and having a fighting spirit to have your voice heard and to be able to be who you want to be. Her bisexuality is the focus of her activism, and helping other bisexuals come to terms with who they are. It seems she did not want to focus so much on her abuse at this time. Sexual abuse for Evan only came up on June 10th because it was part of the statistics from the Human Rights Campaign, which talked about a large number of bisexual women being victims of sexual abuse in relationships. It went to the next level on November 16th of 2016 with her Rolling Stone interview in which she talked about being raped twice and not naming her rapists. This admission of severe sexual abuse cemented her as a voice on behalf of bisexuals, whom she could identify with in every way, including sexual abuse and rape, which is the worst part of all the statistics she associated with.

In the speech Evan said: “The only thing that I knew was fear and confusion and loneliness. How can you be who you are when you don’t understand how you’re feeling? Then one day I heard an actress say the word 'bisexual', and I thought, what the hell is that. And when I found out a light bulb went off. The word… made me feel less crazy, less alone, gave me hope. An actress just said a word, but it made a world of difference in my life and my identity.” We are never told who this actress is. Why? I think the "actress" would have appreciated the shout out. Could it be that she didn't name this "actress" because she is lying and didn't want this "actress" named because then she would have to pay homage to this "actress", even though in the same speech and one before Evan was implying that she was in fact the first actress to come out as bisexual that was vocal about it.

As a quick note, it should also be mentioned that the Human Rights Campaign is very politically oriented and often corrupt in how it endorses candidates. A year prior to Evan winning the award, on January 19, 2016, the Human Rights Campaign's 32-person Board of Directors voted to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. This resulted in considerable controversy, causing thousands of users on HRC's Facebook page to post comments critical of the decision. Many cited HRC's own "congressional scorecard" (which records a 100% rating for her rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, while Clinton herself only scored 89%) as inconsistent with their endorsement. Additional scrutiny was also placed upon the connections Clinton herself has to the organization when it was revealed that HRC's President, Chad Griffin, had previously been employed by Clinton's husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Also, a year after Evan won the HRC Visibility Award, in 2018 the same award was given to Cynthia Nixon, and just days later the HRC endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor of New York. However, Cynthia Nixon, who is bisexual, announced that she was running on March 25, 2018. Despite this, the HRC still supported Cuomo. In response, the HRC received criticism for not supporting an LGBTQ+ candidate, and supporting her opponent instead. Jimmy Van Bramer, a gay New York City Council Member who endorsed Nixon, said, "The HRC endorsement hurts Cynthia Nixon's chances," and that "coming out against a viable progressive queer woman is the wrong thing to do." Recently, when Cuomo was accused of sexual harrassment, it was discovered in an investigation that HRC president Alphonso David was covering up for Cuomo (prior to joining HRC, David was chief counsel to Cuomo) and undermined the credibility of accusers. On September 6, 2021, David was fired as president of HRC.

The corrupt history of the HRC due to politics shows how shameless they can be, and to give Evan Rachel Wood the award after a shameless campaign on her own behalf to get the award just a few months earlier shows a mutual corrupt effort to bring her more into the spotlight on these issues, since, after all, she was at this time the highest ranked star on IMDB for her work in Westworld.

 
Dispute With Ben Affleck

In July of 2017 Evan Rachel Wood got into a Twitter dispute with Ben Affleck (who actually never participated in the dispute), which she considered homophobic comments that downplayed the real suffering of women like her.

It all began when the director of Chasing Amy, Kevin Smith, dropped by the LGBT Film Festival in Los Angeles to celebrate his film's 20th anniversary. While discussing the movie with the audience, Smith revealed that one of his leading men, Ben Affleck, had a revelation after kissing his co-star, Jason Lee, in a memorable scene.

“Affleck said, ‘A man kissing another man is the greatest acting challenge an actor can ever face,’” recollected Smith. He then explained that after the scene was filmed Affleck apparently said to Smith, “Now I’m a serious actor.’”

Soon after, Smith's comments made their way to the internet and a number of major outlets covered Affleck's comments. However it was Paper magazine’s tweet that caught the attention of Evan Rachel Wood on July 18th, whose headline actually misrepresented the controversy. Her response is below:

 
Moments later, in a separate tweet, she added: “Also, you think us ladies like kissing all the guys we kiss? Just cause its a 'straight kiss' doesnt mean we enjoy it. Ahem.”

A Twitter user pointed out an important detail for Evan. "Well, the quote was from 20 years ago so I guess he did grow up" read the response.

Evan replied: "I'm sure he just thought it was funny, but even jokes like that are damaging."

God forbid that a straight man after having to kiss another man on the lips would prompt him to joke about it! This shows the level of Evan Rachel Wood's immaturity, and the fact that Ben Affleck was never even a part of this discussion seemed to be overlooked by her, let alone the fact that he allegedly made these comments 20 years previous to this. This is Evan Rachel Wood's radicalism on full display.

 
Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston

In early October, Evan was interviewed at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston. There she talked about how in 2011 she came out as bisexual and has been an avid advocate for LGBTQ rights, how she was sexually assaulted and speaks out in support of sexual assault survivors, and how she is open about her struggles with mental illness. Professionally, this all culminated in her role on Westworld, where she plays Dolores Abernathy, an artificial being who discovers that her entire life, which has been lived in a Wild West-themed amusement park, is a constructed lie.

Evan said she makes a point of choosing roles that, at least in part, feel authentic to her own experiences. And when it comes to Dolores, this is also reflected in the character's resilience. "She's a survivor; she's been abused for about 30 years ... she's been knocked down so many times and she comes back even stronger," she said, adding that Dolores' strength gave her the strength to go to trauma therapy.

Her call for acceptance extends beyond gender and sexuality, becoming an advocate for those suffering from mental illness, and she urged those in the audience not to be afraid to ask for help. "My biggest challenge I've ever overcome was myself. No one held me back more than me, and no one was meaner to me than me," she said, recalling her own struggles with suicide and depression. "I shouldn't be here, and I tried not to be a couple times."

 
Weinstein and the Me Too Movement

In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that more than a dozen women accused Weinstein of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping them. Many other women in the film industry subsequently reported similar experiences with Weinstein, who denied "any nonconsensual sex". As a result of these accusations, Weinstein was fired from his production company, suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also resigned from the Directors Guild of America and was denounced by leading figures in politics whom he had supported. The Los Angeles Police Department opened a criminal investigation for alleged rape, and New York and London police began investigating other sexual assault allegations. On October 10, 2017, Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, announced that she was leaving him; their divorce was finalized in July 2021.

Following the exposure of the widespread sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein in early October 2017, the Me Too movement began to spread virally as a hashtag on social media. On October 15, 2017, American actress Alyssa Milano posted on Twitter, "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," saying that she got the idea from a friend. A number of high-profile posts and responses from American celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose McGowan and Uma Thurman, among others, soon followed. Widespread media coverage and discussion of sexual harassment, particularly in Hollywood, led to high-profile terminations from positions held, as well as criticism and backlash.


Evan's Response to the Me Too Movement

Within a few days after the allegations against Weinstein came out, Evan seized the opportunity to have her voice heard in the matter as well. She released a video that was around 15 minutes long, that now seems to have been wiped off the internet and edited to less than 4 minutes with dramatic music in the background, in which she talks about Weinstein, her own history of sexual assault, why she has not named her rapists, and encourages women to name their abusers so that no one works with them in Hollywood again.

Although she does not name her abusers, she says in the video that she has been abused by “very powerful, very rich, very entitled, very narcissistic white men.” Notice she talks in the plural.

Evan calls on women to "come together" and name their abusers. She says: "People are wondering why more women didn’t come forward sooner or why they come out in numbers. It's because it’s safer. They do not feel safe enough to do so. And I am guilty of this as well."

“I have not named my abusers,” she says. “Not because I don’t plan on saying these people’s names eventually, but because to start that process is an emotionally draining, financially draining, really everything draining thing to do and to go through and I want to do it when I’m ready.”

She adds: “Re-traumatizing yourself to go after the person that assaulted you takes quite a toll. It is a terrifying thing to have to go through. Mainly because you’re at risk of not being believed, your career being hurt, you being drained of your finances. Because it costs a lot of money to file a lawsuit and to go to court with somebody. Especially if all you have is your word against theirs.”

It almost seemed like perfect timing that the Me Too Movement began almost a year after Evan came out and admitted she was raped. Her original intention was to use her past sexual abuse to tell everyone that she was like most other bisexual women who have been sexually abused in relationships, according to the statistics of the Human Rights Campaign. It was never supposed to be the main focus of her activism. But now her voice was being threatened to be overpowered by the Me Too Movement, and she immediately jumped on the bandwagon and made it the focus of her activism. From this time forward we would hear very little about her being a bisexual and helping her fellow bisexuals; now the focus would be on being a sexual abuse survivor. This is where her voice could be heard, and she was going to take full advantage of the opportunity.

We also hear in this video - and through the example of what happened to Weinstein - why Evan would continue to wait for a number of years before she would name one of her abusers. She claims a number of reasons in the video that mostly would not apply to her case. The real reason: she had to gather an army behind her and deliver an onslaught of accusations against her alleged abuser. This will ensure that like Weinstein he would get a trial by the press and social media before he had a day in court. Her intention was to destroy his career and to have him canceled the day she and others she gathered together would come out against him. His voice should not be heard (lest they be exposed). This would take three and half years before she felt the right time came and she had gathered enough fellow-accusers that were also behind the movement she was advocating for.

 
Evan's "PTSD" Triggered by Me Too Allegations

On November 10, 2017 Evan would have us believe she was having a melt down due to PTSD when she tweeted: “Has anyone elses PTSD been triggered thru the roof?” she asked her followers. “I hate that these feelings of danger are coming back.”

When she had said this, it had already been circulating that real survivors were being triggered with anxiety over the news. And when she shared her experience on Twitter, followers replied. “Feeling sad and shaken all the time,” said one. “It’s mentally exhausting. Comforting to know I’m not alone but devastating and consuming to know so many others know it,” posted another.

Evan added some advice with coping with the situation: "I find having an animal around really helps too."

When describing the effects it had on her body, she wrote: "My back is burning from the tension. I am meditating like crazy trying to get it to losen [sic] its grip."

She added: "We must talk about it together. People need to know and its good for us to listen but yes, it is so painful" later adding, "Talk about it in a safe place without shame. Its healing beyond words."

"Just want to say to everyone," Wood tweeted after seeing so many responses to her initial question, "we are going to get through this."
 
Was this all about her PTSD or was it one of the other many mental illnesses she really suffers from that came out that day? PTSD sounds best when your an activist for sexual assault victims. 

Also, as the old saying goes: "Physician heal thyself." Evan has confessed she suffers with mental illnesses, and yet through videos and social media and other means she plays a doctor or psychiatrist quite often. Why doesn't she ever just urge her followers and fans and "co-sufferers" to seek real help from a real psychiatrist or specialist? It seems very odd that she is so quick to give people who are suffering advice, as if she is some sort of specialist. Her formal education only goes to the time when she graduate high school at 15. Yes, this is an accomplishment, though not all that uncommon for child actors. Her only experience with psychiatry or any kind of medicine are her alleged check-in's to clinics for her own problems, which seem to be extreme cases following suicide attempts. Too often it is the ones who suffer the most from mental illnesses and that are easily triggered that want to heal others when they themselves have not healed.


From Radicalization to Realization

In a piece she wrote for Nylon titled "What A Time To Be Alive", published on November 17th, Evan describes all she "learned in the year since Trump was elected". She writes:
 
"November 8 of last year was a strange one. It felt like I was in an avalanche, literally and figuratively. I was in Montreal, Canada, just starting production on a film called A Worthy Companion, about the cycles of abuse. It is a really intense film, so my headspace was already pretty fragile. I was trying not to think about the election. I think from the second he was nominated I was in such a state of shock and utter fear of the implications, that the thought of his election ever coming true was too horrible to even truly comprehend. And looking back even my worst fears weren’t as bad as the year we just experienced."

Remember, November 8th was the day Trump was elected, and Evan the next day emailed (here she says she called them) Rolling Stone stating that she had been raped.

Clearly Evan's world had literally crumbled when Trump was elected. She says: 
 
"I guarantee a large part of the population is depressed and suffering, just from living in America at this moment in history. (By the way, these feelings are completely justified.)"

Evan here is telling people that it is okay to be depressed and in a state of suffering because half the country elected someone to the presidency that she did not want to be president. She was saying, in other words, that if America gets what I don't want it to want, then it is okay to be depressed about it. This shows her radical ego-driven state of mind no doubt triggered by her mental illnesses.

Evan describes how she felt when she was feeling hopeful on November 8th that we would have our first female president:
 
"I didn’t realize how much that meant to me until I started allowing myself to be hopeful. I thought about what I would do if she won. I would fall to my knees and weep a cry of relief, justice, and a step for true equality."

Justice? Justice for what? Justice for women, this seems to imply. A justice against a male-dominated society. She then refers to the infamous Rolling Stone interview she did that was published on November 16th:
 
"To add insult to injury, I was waiting to hear about a photo shoot I did for Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine was debating whether or not to make it a cover story. I supported the idea, especially after I heard that at that moment it had been over a year since Rolling Stone had put a woman on their cover. I got the call, and they had decided to give the cover to the Rolling Stones. I love the Stones, don’t get me wrong, but the magazine is named after them, and they or someone in the band had already graced the cover at least 24 times.
 
In the social-political climate we were in, it was a devastating blow that not only was Rolling Stone extending their streak of a female-devoid publication, but they were rejecting a cover featuring a female whose role represented overcoming oppression and abuse.
 
A survivor.
 
This set the tone for what was about to be a disaster with seemingly no limits to its destruction."

The disaster she was referring to was Donald Trump becoming President of the United States. She then describes what it was like when she realized Trump would win:
 
"My friends slowly began to creep out the door, leaving me with my country’s horrible fate. They were silently thanking god they don’t reside in my home, giving me a look of pity as they closed the door. Like most people that night, I drank myself to sleep. It felt like the only way to not run through the snowy streets of Montreal shrieking."

Evan was now in a dilemma. She now hated America and didn't know if she should come back. She was afraid. But wait! She then realized her child was back in America:
 
"That morning I paced around my small apartment in Canada, wondering if I didn’t have a small child waiting for me across the border, whether I would ever go back. I lay down in bed deciding what to do next."

Then Evan describes to us how she would realize her radicalization through activism. This is the key behind all her motivation:
 
"After a while, I told myself, Get up. Now more than ever. Get. Up.
 
I walked over to the phone and called Rolling Stone. You see, in the interview I had done with them, I dodged questions about sexual assault and rape.
 
Now, I was done pretending. We were in this mess because of silence and apathy. I got up and admitted to them, 'Yes. I have been raped.'
 
This was also the day I vowed to only wear suits to every upcoming award show I would be attending. I would not conform to a society that didn’t stand up for me or value me as a human being, so I would not be putting on a dress just to be liked.
 
After hearing the president openly talk about sexually assaulting women, it was one of the few days my strength and persistence buckled under me and I cried all morning.
 
I was going to have to face my rapist every day in the form of The President of the United States. I would also have to explain this mess to my son, who occasionally will walk into the room after I have read news about things like the trans military ban, or the anti-Muslim travel ban, to finds his queer mother silently weeping.
 
I tell him it’s up to us to change the world and that he is the future. I don’t want to lie to him or hide my tears. I also don’t want to scare him, but I do want to prepare him for the world he will be inheriting."

So it appears that every time Evan saw Donald Trump, she saw the face of Marilyn Manson. Could this be the reason Evan never named her "rapist" while Trump was president and she waited till Biden took office? Perhaps she wanted to focus more on Trump than Manson, since her fragile mental state could only take so much. Or maybe it was more advantageous for her to focus on her own sexual abuse without naming anyone because under Trump all the sympathy would be given to her leaving no one any reason to refute her claims. When Trump left office in January 2021, now America was focusing away from Trump and she took the opportunity, opportunist that she is, to present another face of evil, the face she always saw when she saw Trump - Marilyn Manson. As for her other "abusers", she has yet to name one of them. Manson seems to have been adequate enough. When he no longer is, no doubt she will name another to give us a fresh face of evil.
 
After this Evan goes into a tirade against her abuser (now she talks in the singular), whom she does not name. She explains what happened to her with him, what mental illnesses resulted from this, why she stayed with him. It's too long to recall here, but we will cover it in a future post. I encourage everyone to read the whole article here. This article is important because she is announcing to the world that her primary focus now would be on her survival from sexual assault. As Marilyn Manson sings: "Victim is chic."

This article is a display of Evan Rachel Wood's radicalization, with all of her mental illnesses being triggered because she didn't get what she wanted, crying (she always seems to be crying) like a spoiled Hollywood child actress, and never being happy with her privileged situation and blaming others for her mental state. One mental illness that is fully on display here is Trump Derangement Syndrome to the tenth degree, with full force, and which inspired her more than anything else to be a voice in a country that she clearly hated in a very bitter way for making her cry so much for the innocent people of the world like her that would suffer under Trump, but this country, according to her egotistical thinking, needed her voice. Who else could save us? Trump? The question was clear for the American people: It is either Evan Rachel Wood or Donald Trump. Whose America do you want to be a part of? Indeed, her ego is the driving force behind her activism.


"I Can Laugh at a Rape Joke"

Net-A-Porter in late November of 2017 was interviewed with four other actresses on "Women in TV". They discuss sex on screen, equal opportunities and depicting violence and abuse against women. The highlight for Evan comes when she says, "I've been raped, and I can laugh at a rape joke, if it's a good joke." This is interesting because with the rise of the Me Too movement, rape jokes have been decried and discouraged by many survivors. Maybe it's easy for Evan to laugh at a rape joke because she really is not a victim. Her motto is "I Am Not Ok", she often talks about her PTSD, and when she speaks about her abuse in public she gets anxious and sometimes even weeps, yet here she says she is ok with rape jokes as long as they are funny. And who is to determine what rape jokes are funny or not. "Funny" is subjective, but is Evan implying that a standard of a funny rape joke can only be determined by survivors?