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Actress Anna Faris Explains How She Dealt With Rampant Sexual Harassment On Set

Actress Anna Faris Explains How She Dealt With Rampant Sexual Harassment On Set
7 months ago

The giggle response to inappropriate sexual behavior is coming to light and being talked about as more and more women are coming forward.

 Anna Farris can be added to the ongoing list of women who have felt sexually exploited within the entertainment industry. The actress brought up the topic on her podcast, Unqualified, while speaking with guest Arielle Kebbel. Farris had this to say about a particular incident on set:

“I had a director — I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf. And he slapped my ass in front of the crew so hard. And all I could do was giggle. I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, ‘Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird. And that’s how I dismissed it. I was like, ‘Well, this isn’t a thing.’ Like, ‘It’s not that big of a deal. Come on Faris, buck up, it’s not that big of a deal. Like, just giggle' But it made me feel small. And he wouldn’t have done that to the lead male.”

Farris isn't the only woman to default to the giggle response when being groped by a man. 

 Hilarie Burton recently responded to the incident with Ben Afleck saying in a tweet:

"I had to laugh so I wouldn't cry."

During the discussion on her podcast, Farris and Kebbel elaborated on the giggle response to sexually inappropriate behavior describing it as a coping mechanism when women feel singled out in a room full of people.  To speak out is to risk people labeling the woman as lacking a sense of humor or difficult to get along with, so many women giggle to diffuse the situation. 

Kebbel added:

“It’s like, screw you for making me have to figure it out."

Farris agreed:

“That’s a great way to put it. ‘This is my puzzle? Fuck you’.” 

The sexist, hateful responses on Twitter immediately validated exactly what the women were talking about. 

So to recap, Anna Farris was standing on a ladder while working, when a director slapped her hard on the butt in front of the entire crew. She didn't want to make a big deal about it, so she laughed it off to save everyone an embarrassing scene. Years later she talks about the incident as a point of reference and somehow she's the bad guy.