Tony Robbins Issues Apology Following #MeToo Controversial Comments


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Life coach Tony Robbins has taken to social media to apologize following controversial comments he made about the #MeToo movement.

The self-help guru was filmed at one of his ‘Unleash the Power Within’ events in an exchange with a woman named Nancy McCool. The video shows Robbins telling McCool, “If you use the #MeToo movement to try and get significance and certainty by attacking and destroying someone else, you haven’t grown an ounce. All you’ve done is basically use a drug called significance to make yourself feel good.”

Robbins also recounted a story about a “very famous, very powerful man” who did not hire a highly competent woman because she was “too attractive” and “too big of a risk.”

When McCool fired back at Robbins’ comments, he responded, “I’m not gonna be inauthentic and say I’m sorry about something I’m not sorry about.”

The exchange went viral after website NowThisEntertainment posted the video.

Robbins took to Twitter to issue an apology, writing, “At a recent Unleash the Power Within event in San Jose, my comments failed to reflect the respect I have for everything Tarana Burke and the #MeToo movement has achieved. I apologize for suggesting anything other than my profound admiration for the #MeToo movement. Let me clearly say, I agree with the goals of the #MeToo movement and its founding message of “empowerment through empathy,” which makes it a beautiful force for good.”

“What I’ve realized is that while I’ve dedicated my life to working with victims of abuse all over the world, I need to get connected to the brave women of #MeToo,” Robbins wrote, after telling fans he too, was a victim of abuse growing up. “I am committed to helping to educate others so that we all stay true to the ideals of the #MeToo movement.”

#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke called the exchange “gross,” advising Tony Robbins via Twitter, “If you talk to more SURVIVORS and less sexist businessmen maybe you’ll understand what we want. We want safety. We want healing. We want accountability. We want closure. We want to live a life free from shame. That’s the reality of the #MeTooMVMT sir, do better.”