Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who was convicted of a domestic violence charge and pleaded no contest to two harassment charges in 2011, has weighed in on the #MeToo movement, and his flippant remarks have triggered outrage.
Mayweather, speaking to Men’s Health Magazine, first took issue with the female reporter’s reference to Mayweather’s club “Girl Collection” as a strip club, asserting that it was a gentleman’s club, adding, “Because there's a difference. A gentleman's club is topless. But a strip club is totally nude.”
Then he was asked, “We're asking a lot of men, in light of the #MeToo movement, how men can grow in 2018.”
Mayweather replied dismissively, “The who?”
The reporter continued, “The #MeToo movement. Women speaking out about sexual assault.”
Mayweather mocked, "When you say 'me too' ... When somebody is like, 'I got a Rolls Royce,' I be like 'me too.' When somebody say they got a private jet, I say, 'Me too. I got two. Me too.'" He laughed, along with others in the background.
The reporter persisted, “This is a very different —“
Mayweather interjected, “Well, I didn't know! My Me Too movement from the beginning was whenever somebody said what they have I'm like, ‘me too.’ Somebody say they got a billion dollars, I say, ‘I made a billion dollars, me too.’”
The reporter tried to bail Mayweather out: “I know you have a sensitive side. You've talked about your sensitive side before.”
Mayweather: “Of course. I mean, you live and you learn. I think everyone, if you're in an uncomfortable position, you have to pray about it, you know, talk about it, and I think that, you know, sexual harassment, I don't think it's cool at all.”
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