LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sexual harassment has become THE headline of 2017. It’s like a bothersome itch you can’t reach and even if you could not even the most concentrated anti-itch cream could soothe the sting.
It has spread from Hollywood to Congress and literally everywhere in between.
Sexual harassment is the reason Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” the Person of the Year for 2017 following the #MeToo movement. Keep in mind this movement is one that didn’t start this year but a decade ago.
The number of women and men coming forward telling their stories has prompted responses ranging from anger to sheer disgust. Tracee Ellis Ross is responding in a bit of a different way, with a book. Her “children’s book” reads like Dr. Seuss but there are no green eggs and ham in this one. Instead she explains to all “The Handsy Man” what’s inappropriate.
“You may not compliment my butt
You may not call me “ho” or “slut”.
And even if you’re stoned or drunk,
do not expose me to your junk.
Isn’t it sad that after all the advancements that have been made in this world, people need to read something child-like to get the point?
The “Black-ish” star read some of her book when she filled in for Jimmy Kimmel. She posted it to Instagram.
Tracee Ellis Ross says she wasn’t a big fan of her Black-ish co-star Anthony Anderson before landing her role on the show. *Shocked*
It’s surprising because she and Anderson’s character have chemistry on the show. She even mentioned realizing this when she went in for the audition for the now hit ABC-TV show.
Ross tells The Hollywood Reporter in the Awards Chatter Podcast, “I did not like Anthony. I had worked with him in the past. I thought he was an a**hole. Anthony, if you know Anthony he has a gruff exterior and he does not have an inner governor and Anthony says stuff that is not that appropriate all the time.”
The former Girlfriends star goes on to say, “He had said some things to me in the past that I did not like....and from the moment I walked in for that audition, I was like oh there’s magic here”.
“I have a different experience of him now. He is one of my absolute favorite people. I love working with that man so much.”
The interesting thing about this is that Anderson apparently had no idea Ross felt this way. She says they laugh about it now.