Amber Rose has had enough of the slut shaming. In a recent appearance on It’s Not You, It’s Men, the model and TV personality schooled hosts Tyrese Gibson and Rev. Run when they tried to blame her appearance for how often she gets unwanted sexual advances.
“I get sexually assaulted constantly, when I walk down the street,” Rose explained on the show. “People think because I’m famous, or I’m cool, and I’m taking pictures that they can just grab my ass or put my hand under my skirt… This is my privacy, like no.”
Gibson then trying to excuse her fans’ behavior by saying, “If you see a basketball player, and he’s known as a basketball player, when you see him, you’ll be like, ‘Yo, let’s go play ball.’ I’m just saying, the comfortability that some people find in wanting to touch or grope you. It’s an energy that’s being sent out there that creates that type of response.”
But Rose, 32, would not accept that as an excuse. She immediately shot back, saying, “No, it doesn’t, ‘cause I’m going to tell you why. If I’m laying down with a man butt-naked and his condom is on, and I say, ‘You know what, no, I don’t want to do this. I changed my mind.’ That means no. That means f**king no. That’s it. It doesn’t matter how far I take it or what I have on. If I say ‘no,’ it means no.”
Undeterred, the show’s hosts refused to back down. “Dress how you want to be addressed,” Rev. Run added.
As the audience applauded him, the single mother look appalled. “Oh, boo. No, that’s not realistic,” Rose quickly said. “Stop it. If I want to wear a short skirt or a tank top, and I’m at the club and I’m having fun with my friends and I’m feeling sexy, I’m not DTF. I’m not even looking at you. I don’t want to have sex with you. I didn’t come here to have sex. I didn’t come here to hook up with nobody. I came out here with my girls and I just feel pretty. I’m not asking for nothing.”
As Gibson and Rev. Run began to look uncomfortable, Rose explained, “And I’m not mad at y’all ‘cause that’s how society raised all of us. I’m a former slut shamer. I’ve called women ‘hoes’ a million times. And now I’m not … Society teaches us to be that way. You see a woman that’s dress provocative and you’re just like, ‘She’s loose.’”
Following the interview, Gibson responded on Instagram. “The one thing you don’t wanna ever do is try and back @AmberRose into a corner,” he wrote, while Rev. Run added his support for Rose on Twitter: “I most definitely agree with Amber Rose… No means No. #ItsNotYouItsMen.”
After years of being shamed for her racy past, Rose started her annual event, The Slut Walk, in October 2015. On the walk’s website
, she notes, “We recognize that shaming, oppression, assault and violence have disproportionately impacted marginalized groups including women of color, transgender people and sex workers.”