The Hulu limited series Pam & Tommy, which covers the true story of the release of Pamela Anderson and former husband Tommy Lee’s stolen sex tape, is not something Anderson ever intends to watch. In fact, she doesn’t even want to see the trailer. A source told Entertainment Weekly this week that the actress is avoiding the show entirely.
“I do know she’ll never, never watch this,” the source said. “Not even years from now. Not even the trailer.”
They added that Anderson is “focused on her life in Vancouver” and that she “doesn’t read the headlines” and is “focused on her philanthropic efforts and wants any press she ever gets to be about that now.”
The show is based on an article published by Rolling Stone in 2014, which is how the series got around having Anderson’s permission to use her life story. The show, which features actors Seth Rogen and Sebastian Stan as well as Lily James playing Anderson, covers how the tape was stolen and released by a contractor working on their house. Anderson was contacted about her participation, but never had an interest.
According to the source, Tommy Lee doesn’t understand her hesitation.
“Tommy doesn’t get it,” they said. “He’s in the same mindset he was at the time: that any publicity is good publicity.”
For Anderson, her story being told without her consent is reminiscent of the sex tape being released without her consent.
“Imagine if a celebrity today had their nudes leaked and then Hollywood recreated not just the crime but the actual nudes — that would never happen,” said the source. ‘In the ’90s, Pamela’s body was deemed by a judge to be public property. There was no question the tape was stolen property, but the court decided it wasn’t private property because her body belonged to the world.’
They added that despite the #MeToo movement, Anderson “is somehow still the exception to the rule. She’s still up for grabs. That’s messed up. Yes, it’s brief clips — but to me the most damning aspect is that [Pam & Tommy] didn’t just tell the story, they recreated moments from the boat.”
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