A December 23, 2017 YourNewsWire.com article claims:

Actress Jodie Foster says she believes “every single man over 30” is a full-blown rapist whether they admit it or not.

Is this true?


No, this is a beat-up.

YourNewsWire, to their credit, provide direct links to their sources:

  • A USA Today interview:

    Pretty much every man over 30 has to really look and start thinking about their part. And I guarantee, lots of it is unconscious. When you’ve been in a privileged position where you haven’t had to look at your part, you didn’t 100% understand you were in a bubble. It’s an interesting time for men.

  • A Breitbart report on the USA Today interview:

    Actress Jodie Foster has claimed that “pretty much every man over 30” has to consider their part to play in the recent sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Hollywood since the emergence of misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

From these sources we can see there is no mention of the word "rapist" - either metaphorically or literally (as "full-blown" would suggest). The topic of discussion is sexual harassment, not rape.

There is no suggestion that "every single man" is directly engaging in rape and/or sexual harassment.

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    I agree with all of this completely right up until the last sentence. She was indeed suggesting the possibility of complicity, just not the active participation that the misquote in the question asserted. – T.E.D. Dec 28 '17 at 20:54
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    She is also not explicitly accusing "all men" of sexual harassment. She's merely saying they need to "really look and start thinking," which is by no means an accusation of anything. – Kevin Dec 28 '17 at 21:15
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    @reirab no, she definitely absolutely IS NOT suggesting complicity. She's suggesting that men should consider the possibility, not that they're guilty. Making up fake claims about celebrities is trivially simple, many horrible, crappy websites make a lot of money doing exactly that. This site is not one of them. – barbecue Dec 28 '17 at 22:09
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    @T.E.D. (and others): My last sentence is referring to two things: the important difference between "every single man" and "pretty much every man", and the difference between 'is directly guilty of a crime' and 'should think about their role". If this is not clear, please be bold and make edits to clarify that. – Oddthinking Dec 29 '17 at 2:16
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    @T.E.D. For what it’s worth I disagree with your interpretation and edit. She does not say that every man is complicit; this interpretation is flat-out wrong. She says that every man needs to consider the possibility. In the same vein, everybody above a certain age should consider the possibility that they will develop cancer. Yet not everybody does develop cancer. – Konrad Rudolph Dec 29 '17 at 12:42

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