Arianne Zucker responds to Trump and Bush’s disgusting comments about her

Although most women were appalled to hear Billy Bush and Republican nominee Donald Trump snicker about grabbing pussies and using their star power for sex, there was one woman in particular they were ogling on the tape, and she’s made a statement about the whole ordeal. Actress Arianne Zucker’s response to the Trump tapes is as classy as it possibly could be and manages to stay high, Michelle Obama-style, when men she was forced to work with went low. The 2005 Access Hollywood tape exists only because Trump was being escorted to The Days of Our Lives set to make a cameo with Zucker, with Bush following him around for exclusive takes. They giggle about how Trump needs breath mints just in case he starts kissing her uncontrollably, make comments about her legs, and then, when they get off the bus, manhandle her into hugging both of them on camera.

It’s uncomfortable because by the time Zucker arrives on the scene, the audience listening to the hot mic comments know more than she does about the kinds of scumbags she’s dealing with. It’s like watching a horror movie and the one blonde girl starts to go down into the basement alone; you want to just scream,”No, don’t do it!”

Zucker’s statement steers clear of any specific condemnation about her guests that day, but she tweeted Sunday, “I have grown to learn that the words of others cannot effect the value of my self worth or define the content of my character.”

Her statement starts with correcting the pronunciation of her name, which is obviously also something that bothered her this weekend as news anchors reported on the leaked audio. “My name is Arianne (R-E-on) ZUCKER (Zooker) and I am a strong, independent, hard working mother, business woman and partner to a great man,” she wrote. Zucker added:

“How we treat one another, whether behind closed doors, locker rooms or face to face, should be done with kindness, dignity and respect. Unfortunately, there are too many people in power who abuse their position and disregard these simple principles and are rewarded for it. In understanding the magnitude of this situation, I choose to stand tall with self respect and use my voice to enrich, inspire and elevate the best of who we are as people.”

Putting up with this kind of filth is something women have to do on a daily basis. What makes the whole scene worse (if “grabbing” a pussy isn’t bad enough), is that Bush eggs Trump on, laughing as he describes groping women without their consent and then in a sort of inside joke asks Zucker, “How ’bout a little hug for the Donald?” She obliges, because what else can she do?

How many times have you wondered what the men in your office are saying about you behind your back when you leave the room? If you work in a culture that thinks Bush and Trump’s conversation was just “locker room” talk, it’s probably a lot. It’s disgusting all around, so good on Zucker for at least letting Trump know she knows what he said about her. However, Bush has since been suspended from the Today show for his comments and Trump is still running for president and has the audacity to believe sane people actually want him to.

Zucker’s statement was pretty calm given the things said about her. Which is more maturity than anyone else involved with the tapes seems to have.