The 'Baywatch' beauty offers a timely lesson on dealing with the social media mob.

One of Hollywood’s most notorious sex symbols sounds downright conservative when it comes to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Pamela Anderson of Playboy and “Baywatch” fame caught serious heat after she pinned some of the blame for the scandal on women foolish enough to be alone with the notorious producer.

Anderson didn’t say anything kind about Weinstein, whose career collapsed following allegations he sexually assaulted a huge number of starlets.

What the former pinup said – women must be wary of being alone with powerful men – sounded shocking on the surface. No one deserves to be attacked in any scenario. Yet her call for common sense behavior in an unsavory business is savvier than her detractors suggest.

Who saw that coming?

Anderson shocked some with her comments during a chat with NBC’s Megyn Kelly regarding the Weinstein scandal. The uber-producer allegedly lured beautiful young actresses into his realm and, numerous stars say, sexually abused them once they were alone.

“I think it was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood [were] people to avoid, privately. You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.”

That’s precisely what some actresses did while dealing with Weinstein, one of the industry’s most powerful film moguls.

In some cases, Kelly said, the starlets connected with Weinstein via their respective agents. That shouldn’t make sensible precautions vanish, Anderson said.

“Don’t go into a hotel room alone. If someone answers the door in a bathrobe, leave. Things that are common sense. I know Hollywood is very seductive and people want to be famous and sometimes you think you’re going to be safe with an adult in the room.”

The usual backlash ensued courtesy of social media.

This is where a celebrity will massage his or her statements, say they were taken out of context or simply back pedal. Others will issue a full-blown apology, share it on social media and cross their fingers that the heat will die down.

Not Anderson.

She took to her web site to expand on her comments, not apologize.

Backlash is good. – I like this.

My position is not ‘problematic’ because I doesn’t fall in line with ‘the common herd’ or trend.

I’m trying to tell women as a childhood abuse survivor myself – be proactive as an adult who knows better – in defending themselves. Don’t get in cars with strangers #rideresponsibly-

Don’t go to Hotel rooms alone for an audition. Women are powerful and smart and we can use all our charms in more positive ways. I think it’s very smart – proactive.

And I stand by what I say.

She brought her own mother into the discussion to hammer home those points.

“My mother taught me – protect yourself. Especially with my ‘image’’ – she and I were worried it could give people wrong Impression.

I am not an easy girl and have not had as many partners people might think. I believe in love and commitment and common sense. This is why I’m usually married … predators are always to blame — solely and entirely. That doesn’t mean we can’t take common sense measures to keep ourselves safe and avoid harmful situations.”

We’ve come to expect the “apology tour” after a star shares views that don’t align with the current groupthink. Others do so after making statements that clash with their own dictates. That’s precisely what Lena Dunham did recently after she broke her own rules regarding believing every woman who says they’ve been sexually abused.

She quickly back tracked. Not Anderson. How does the “Baywatch” beauty do it?

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Like another loud and proud non-apologist, Adam Carolla, Anderson isn’t tied to any specific channel, product or company at the moment. Her days running on the beach for a syndicated TV show are over. She’s more concerned with her foundation’s work and spreading the word on behalf of PETA and other groups.

There’s something refreshing about people who refuses to buckle when faced with a torrent of social media hate. It’s even better when the person not only stands her ground but gives greater context for her answers.


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