His Words Were Called 'Gross.' Tony Robbins Offers Apology

That's how women characterized his comments on #MeToo at a March 15 event
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2018 8:22 AM CDT
In this March 17, 2016, file photo, motivational speaker Tony Robbins is interviewed during a taping of "Wall Street Week," on the Fox Business Network in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – "I'm not gonna be inauthentic and say I'm sorry about something I'm not sorry about," said Tony Robbins on March 15. On April 8 came the apology. The self-help guru found himself in the crosshairs after comments he made about the #MeToo movement during a March event started grabbing attention. CNN explains the seed of it all: a conversation Robbins had with an audience member named Nanine McCool during his Unleash the Power Within event in San Jose, one that was projected onto the big screen. McCool told him she thought he misunderstood the #MeToo movement; a key line of his response: "If you use the #MeToo movement to try to 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." Where things went from there:

  • CNN reports McCool posted a video of the 11-minute exchange on YouTube on March 25. Two days prior, Vice ran an article on Robbins' comments based on the accounts of a few of the event's roughly 12,000 attendees. One explained that Robbins characterizes "significance" as one of our "6 basic human needs. ... Tony went on to say, in a nutshell, that women in the #metoo movement were motivated by this same factor (to be significant)."

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