Dr. Christine Blasey Ford bared her soul before the Senate Judiciary committee and offered her sworn testimony that Supreme Court nominee (and now Supreme Court Justice) Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager. During her emotional and compelling testimony, Dr. Ford recounted the trauma she endured as a result of coming forward, reliving the entire ordeal before the country. Republican men on the Senate Judiciary Committee hid behind a female prosecutor who tried to poke holes in Ford’s story in order to question her credibility. While she didn’t succeed in the eyes of many, it was all the cover the GOP needed to go ahead and vote for Kavanaugh anyway.
Ellen Degeneres, who was herself sexually abused as a teenager, was angry at the way Ford was treated. Sitting down with Savannah Guthrie on the Today show, Degeneres detailed her fury at the spectacle.
“As a victim of sexual abuse, I am furious at people who don’t believe it and who say, ‘How do you not remember exactly what day it was?’” Degeneres said. “You don’t remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you, where you were, and how you feel. That’s what you remember.”
She went on to contrast Ford’s steady yet emotional testimony with Kavanaugh’s embarrassing tantrum and criticized the double standard on display:
“Imagine if Dr. Ford would have been that angry on the stand and would have talked back to somebody questioning her,” she continued. “Women aren’t supposed to do that, but [Kavanaugh] can get away with it, because he was angry. She was angry, too, but she controlled herself and was hurt, but she’s not allowed to do that, because we’re not allowed to do that.”
Following Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Degeneres tweeted in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford letting her know that her tremendous sacrifice wouldn’t be in vain.
Ellen previously shared the story of her assault alongside actress Busy Philipps, who wrote about her own abuse as a teenager.
“Listen to me and believe what I’m saying” is an incredibly simple and straightforward thing to ask of your fellow human beings. Forcing women to relive their trauma every time another woman comes forward in the hopes that this simple ask might go answered is appalling.