Her apology might be too little too late. Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder is known for her controversial views, which she shares on her podcast Straight Up with Stassi, but her latest hot take is landing her in hot water. Stassi criticized the #MeToo social media campaign was forced on her most recent podcast episode “Are We on a Male Witch Hunt?” and she got so much backlash that she lost advertisers.
“My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners; but on my latest episode, I crossed a line," the 29-year-old wrote. "It was irresponsible for me to make generalized statements about a very serious topic, such as sexual harassment, as it is not my place to speak about anyone else’s experiences. I apologize. I will continue to speak my mind on my podcast, but will put more thought behind my dialogue moving forward.”
She followed up her apology with another statement, announcing that she wants to share stories of sexual assault survivors on an upcoming podcast episode. "These 24 hours have been sobering: I want to share your stories on my podcast," she wrote. "On either side, being accused of something you didn't do or being victimized [and] left helpless. Let’s discuss it all."
The #MeToo social media movement started on October 15, 2017 after actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted a message to her followers that read, "If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet." The hashtag started as a way for women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault to tell their stories and have their voices be heard in the midst of a movement where sexual predators are being outed in Hollywood — which started after actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan accused filmmaker Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in October.