Tracee Ellis Ross Debuts New Children’s Book ‘The Handsy Man’ To Explain Sexual Harassment To Confused Men
On Tuesday night, actress Tracee Ellis Ross filled in for Jimmy Kimmel and presented a new children’s book dedicated to educate men about sexual harassment.
The Black-ish star clarified that the sexual harassment scandals that have plagued Hollywood in recent weeks aren’t “scandals” but rather a “systemic problem about the abuse of power that takes place across all industries, and had enabled a culture of inequity to persist for far too long.”
“Treating another human being with respect isn’t complicated, but it seems a bit confusing for a lot of men out there,” Ross said. “So, I wrote a book.”
She then began reading from The Handsy Man.
“There is a guy, with ten long fingers, creepy glares and hugs than linger. If you’re a woman, you’re not a fan. I speak, of course, of The Handsy Man,” the first page read.
In the book, a character who resembled Ross explained to the Handsy Man all the things he could not do.
“You may not compliment my butt, you may not call me ‘ho’ or ‘slut.’ And even if you’re stoned or drunk, do not expose me to your junk,” Ross continued. “And if I am your employee, don’t rest your hand upon my knee. No, I won’t sit on your lap. I shouldn’t have to say this crap!”
She listed all the places that such misconduct is not allowed, including a plane, a train, a boat, in a moat, in a tree, or by the sea.
“So Handsy Man, if you’re still confused whether your behavior will be excused, I’ll say it clearly, nice and slow. If she doesn’t consent, the answer is NO,” she concluded.
Ross added that the book was “part one” of a “67-part series.”
Watch the clip above, via ABC.
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