On January 31, 2022, a documentary about the life of Pamela Anderson will premiere on Netflix. Titled “Pamela: A Love Story”, the production will explore the Baywatch star’s fame and her infamous sex tape scandal. However, the Netflix production will not just focus on these topics. According to American media, the 55-year-old will also talk about her early days in the limelight, when sexist and derogatory comments were commonplace.
Pamela Anderson once mentioned a situation when she was forced to negotiate an advertising contract in a hotel room. She recalled, “I remember a large clothing company offering me a huge advertising campaign. The meeting took place in a hotel room where I had to sit on the bed during the conversation. Since then, I have avoided such unpleasant and embarrassing situations.”
The actress also spoke of her only meeting with then-Hollywood star Steven Seagal in the early 90s, when she applied for a role in the movie “Liberator”. She stated, “I remember him saying to me, ‘If you don’t do it, the girl across the hall will do it. And she’ll get the job.’ I said to him, ‘Okay, then goodbye.’ And that was my only meeting with this man.”
When actor and martial arts expert, Steven Seagal, first burst onto the movie scene in the late 1980s, he was an instant sensation. His unique blend of action and martial arts, combined with his charismatic presence, made him a star. However, as Anderson remembers meeting Seagal, he remembers something else about him – his sexism.
Anderson, who worked on the set of Seagal’s first movie, Above the Law, remembers the actor’s attitude towards women. “He was very much an alpha male,” Anderson says. “He had a certain attitude towards women that was very sexist.” Anderson recalls how Seagal would often make comments about women’s bodies, and how he would talk down to them. “He didn’t seem to respect women very much,” Anderson says.
The sexism Anderson remembers from Seagal was not uncommon in Hollywood in the 1980s and 90s. The industry was dominated by men, and women were often treated as second-class citizens. However, Anderson believes that Seagal’s attitude was particularly egregious. “He was so blatant about it,” Anderson says. “He seemed to think that he was entitled to say whatever he wanted, and that women should just accept it.”
As the years have gone by, Anderson has noticed a shift in the industry. Women are now more respected and treated with more equality. Anderson believes that this is due in part to the efforts of women in the industry who have spoken out against sexism and demanded that their voices be heard.
Despite the progress that has been made, Anderson still remembers the sexism he witnessed when meeting Seagal. He hopes that by speaking out and sharing his story, he can help to further the cause of equality in Hollywood. He believes that it is only by standing up to sexism that we can create an industry that is free from discrimination and harassment.