Russell Simmons Slams the Brakes On His #NotMe Campaign, Says ‘This Is a Time for Women to Speak’

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Because weeks feel like years and years feel like geologic periods these days, it may be hard for you to remember what was happening on December 14, 2017, but let me refresh you: after being accused of rape by three women, wealthy music man Russell Simmons took to Instagram to unveil his response to the #MeToo movement. He called it #NotMe.


Wrote Simmons at the time:

Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today... And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo. It’s just a statement about my innocence.

Yeah so, uh, he just took that back.

In a statement delivered to Page Six, a representative for Simmons said he has decided “that this is a time for women to speak.” What a novel idea, letting women speak!

The #NotMe post has yet to be deleted.

[Page Six]

Speaking of things that feel like they happened in the Cretaceous period, Gal Gadot has responded to those infuriating remarks about Wonder Woman made by director James Cameron back in August. “All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided,” he said at the time. “She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”


Earlier this month, EW asked Gadot why she never “weighed in” on Cameron’s silly comments. She said:

Because I didn’t want to give him the stage. First of all, I’m a big fan of his work. His movies are great. He was very innovative in many things that he did, and I’ve got nothing but great things to say about the creative and professional side of his work. When it happened, the timing of when it happened, he was promoting another movie of his. It was like he was looking for publicity and I just didn’t want to give him the stage.


He doesn’t need it!!!!!!!


A tweet about a lawsuit:


A statement about love:

“I am so in love right now,” Hadid, 53, revealed.

“I’m very blessed to have found a beautiful love,” she shared about her mystery businessman beau, whom she did not name.

“I’m excited and it’s all good. I’m off the market.”She added that her new boyfriend is “a very private person.”



  • I barely remember my last job, so I understand where Meryl’s coming from here. [People]
  • It would be nice if Justin Timberlake stayed in the woods. [People]
  • Trigger warning for musical theater nerds... [TMZ]
  • Headlines like this are why I read Page Six. [Page Six]
  • Kendall Jenner is fine. [E! Online]
  • KATHERINE HEIGL NEEDS HELP!!!!!! [Those Heavenly Days]

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I going to need a translator for that lawsuit tweet. It’s hysterical and makes no sense. A lobster attack! Someone is getting smacked with a frying pan! What cartoon am I watching?