Barbra Streisand, shown here in the Hand in Hand benefit for hurricane Harvey Lighting, recently noted that they are not a ‘#MeToo’ story.
Barbra Streisand said that she was never a victim of sexual harassment, but felt abused by the media.
During a tribute to Streisand’s decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer of Ryan Murphy asked about her career, the #MeToo movement and its dislike of the interviews.
“Never,” she said when asked whether she had been sexually abused. “I was not of those beautiful girls with those cute, little noses. Maybe that is the reason why.”
They acknowledge the strength of the protests against the inequality between men and women is sweeping through Hollywood and the society.
“We’re in a weird time now in terms of men and women and the pendulum this way and that way, and it’s going to come to the center,” Streisand said on Friday, the Paley Center for Media event held in a full theater.
Her reluctance to talk to news outlets is based on years of what she called inaccurate reporting, including a story that claimed that an “awards” room at home dedicated to her Oscars, emmys and other trophies. But it was the late TV journalist Mike Wallace, who came in for the sharpest criticism.
Streisand said he asked her offensive questions during a TV interview and she called him afterwards to complain. But on a following show, Wallace told viewers who had objected to his treatment of Streisand that she “loved” the interview, according to the star.
“I thought, I don’t know what date rape is, it’s horrible … but it was a violation,” she said. “Why lie?”
Wallace is difficult interrogation brought Streisand to tears on a 1991 interview on “60 Minutes.”
Streisand said she demands control in her work, but only in service to her art, which included directing, acting and producing of TV movies, among them 1995 “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story about anti-gay discrimination in the military.
Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), who admitted to being nervous as he began his one-on-one conversation with the star of “Funny Girl” and the award-winning TV specials dating back to 1966 “Color Me Barbra,” said he owes his career to her.
“People are talking about Barbra as the greatest female star. I say, no, that is not enough,” Murphy said, calling her a groundbreaker for those who do not fit into the mold. “She was a touchstone, a beacon, and I followed my whole life.
The tribute, which kicked off the 35th annual PaleyFest LA television festival at the Dolby Theatre, was capped by the presentation to Streisand of the 2018 PaleyFest Icon award.
Streisand is a truly magical artist,” Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center president and CEO, said of her work as a singer, actress, director and producer.
Streisand is also known for her political activism on behalf of Democratic candidates and issues, including gay rights.