We can only imagine what sorts of thoughts about the #MeToo movement have been preserved in the Bridgewater Associates Blockbuster, and gnash our teeth in envy at those with a membership card that gets them past the saloon doors. As such, we’re forced to subsist on the opinions and statements of Ray Dalio acolyte and bullying victim Tony Robbins.
At the event, in San Jose, Calif., he told a huge audience: “If you use the Me Too 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.”
After Mr. Robbins praised the casino magnate Steve Wynn, who is accused of sexual harassment, Nanine McCool stood up. But when Ms. McCool, who later identified herself in an interview with Refinery29 as a survivor of sexual assault, said, “I think you misunderstand the Me Too movement,” Mr. Robbins interrupted her and doubled down.
“I’m not knocking the Me Too movement; I’m knocking victimhood,” he said, adding that while Ms. McCool might be using the movement productively, “you’re using it differently than some other people.”
That is some radically unfortunate transparency on Tony’s part, for which he has quickly and completely apologized. It is the kind of radical transparency that Bridgewater and Dalio have so far successfully avoided when it comes to in-house sexual harassment. But Robbins did employ one move that would not be out of place in a Bridgewater team-building exercise.
At one point, Mr. Robbins — who is 6 feet 7 inches tall and towered over Ms. McCool — put his hand against hers and started pushing her backward. He then asked why she was resisting him, suggesting that she mistakenly believed that pushing back would make her safer.