Still, it’s true that for many years Megan Fox was evaluated not on her talent, but in terms of her likability — an impossible and unhealthy standard to apply to women. People who had no intention of watching the “Transformers” or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies (I have seen neither) had passionate opinions about her persona. It’s a vicious yet predictable pattern: The public and the media actively enjoys finding “unlikable” women to bash. Likability is designed to rule out women who utter inconvenient truths, or who behave, as Fox seems to have done, outside the mainstream and often ahead of the curve.
It’s not remotely hard to imagine what Fox’s #MeToo stories are like, because she’s already told some of them. They were her most controversial statements, in part because she veiled them as jokes. That “Ungrateful Bitch” headline, for example, is in reference to Fox insulting the cinematic oeuvre of Michael Bay: “You arrogant asswipe,” Zelda Lily wrote. “I’m no ‘Transformers’ fan but if someone deigned to select ME from hundreds of other gorgeous actresses to play a love interest role that catapulted me to fame, I would be praising the movie up and down and printing ‘Transformers’ tshirts on Café Press like it was going out of style.”