Fans of the late broadcast icon Barbara Walters are in awe as she challenged Sean Connery’s views on women during a 1987 interview.
Walters wiped the smile from Connery’s face as she brought up his misogynist remarks about women, saying: “Years ago you gave an interview that might haunt you again. You know what I’m gonna say, right? You said in an interview: ‘It’s not the worst thing to hit a woman.’ From what I remember you said, “You don’t do it with a closed fist; it’s better you do it open-handed.” Remember that?”
The Scottish actor nodded and defiantly replied: “I haven’t changed my mind, no. Not at all.”
Walter just sat down and had what it took to ask one of the most famous and powerful male celebrities of the time directly, “Do you think it’s good to slap a woman?”
Connery stared into the distance and replied, “I don’t think it’s good. In my opinion-“
Walters stopped him, determined not to let him off the hook, and rephrased the question: “But you don’t think it’s bad?”
He lowered his eyes and replied, “I don’t think it’s that bad. I think it totally depends on the circumstances and if it’s worth it. Yes.”
Connery looked her straight in the eye and boldly raised an eyebrow. Walters, undaunted, fired back, “And what would it deserve?”
Incredibly, he lapsed into a nonsensical justification for gender-based violence that echoed the usual hubris and blame that are hallmarks of misogyny. Walters stared at Connery curiously and asked, “What if she gives you a good slap?”
“Obviously it’s a last resort,” Connery said, backing away and oddly ending his response in the third person. “He’s not going to do it because he wants to, is he?”
Walters looked at him in disbelief: “Wait until people see this interview. Do you get mail?”
When a user gloated over Walters’ questioning skills and provocative facial expressions, TV host and producer Lonnell Williams chimed in: “Indeed! She didn’t play. She was always ready to bring it!”
Civil rights attorney Subodh Chandra felt that Walters was superior to Connery, commenting, “Connery brought a knife to a shooting.”
Matt Laslo savored the moment when Walters mentioned how people would react to Connery’s antediluvian views.
The attitude Connery channeled in the interview was normalized when it was released. Therefore, the systems in place protect Lionized Man and shield him from any meaningful accountability. Despite Walter’s best efforts, Connery’s sympathy eclipsed his shocking views on women. Gee Scott Sr. tweeted, “Never heard of or seen this before. In fact, today is the first time I’ve seen or heard anything negative about Sean Connery. I’m speechless.”
Suggesting that it was more likely Connery would have been held accountable today, the handsome Pablio tweeted: “This interview in today’s world would definitely be career ending. Unfortunately, he still made a good career after that. Sm.”
In a way, society has evolved in relation to gender-based violence, but we are still very far from that. Barbara Walters’ lasting legacy is the steely courage with which she spoke truth to those in power.
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