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Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins Apologizes for Comments on #MeToo ‘Victimhood’

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins apologized today after video surfaced of comments he made disparaging the #MeToo movement.

When a woman confronted him about his feelings on the matter, Robbins said he wasn’t criticizing the movement itself but “victimhood.”

He said things like “anger is not empowerment” and said people are using “a drug called significance to make yourself feel good.”

The video received widespread condemnation including from Tarana Burke––the woman who started #MeToo:

Robbins has now posted a lengthy apology on Facebook:

At a recent Unleash the Power Within (UPW) 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.

For 40 years I’ve encouraged people to grow into the men and women they dream to be. I watch in awe as more and more women all over the world find their voice and stand up and speak out. All of our growth begins with learning. My own started with a childhood marked by abuse. I am humbled that others have looked to the path I have taken in the decades since as lessons in their own journey. But sometimes, the teacher has to become the student and it is clear that I still have much to learn.

I teach that “life happens for you, not too you” and 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.

I am committed to being part of the solution.

I am committed to helping to educate others so that we all stay true to the ideals of the #MeToo movement. I will never stop examining my own words and actions to make sure I am staying true to those ideals. That begins with this brief statement but will not end until our goals are reached.

Tony Robbins

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