‘It’s just their awful personalities’: Martha Stewart on knowing accused men in Me Too movement

Elise Brisco

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Martha Stewart calls Snoop Dogg on HGTV show ‘Martha Knows Best’

Martha Stewart called Snoop Dogg on her television show, “Martha Knows Best,” and took him through the process of properly potting his tomato plant.

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Martha Stewart is reflecting on the “painful” elements of the Me Too movement.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar published Tuesday, TV personality and homemaking mogul, 79, discussed the feelings she has behind the movement, which started as a hashtag and resulted in dislodging scores of men from high-power positions and sparking a national conversation about workplace sexual harassment.

“I’ve known almost every single one of the famous guys that has been accused and set aside,” Stewart said.

Though Stewart strayed away from using names, she said their behavior was just a part of who they were.

“Some were certainly guilty of a lot of what was accused. But some were — it’s just their awful personalities,” she said.

Dealing with awful personalities was something Stewart experienced firsthand in the 1960s and 1970s when she worked as stockbroker on Wall Street – where misogyny and bad behavior came with the territory.

“I lived it. I mean, every man on Wall Street was trying to get you. Every man was trying to touch you in the cab,” Stewart said. “You had to keep your cool and just do your thing, and brush them away.”

She later moved from the big city to Connecticut, which sparked her interest in a home influencing career.

“The life of the homemaker was more interesting to me than the life on Wall Street,” she said.

Since then Stewart’s job description has gone from homemaker to lifestyle mogul, Instagram thirst trapper (with recent viral poolside selfies) and CBD merchandiser.

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Stewart partnered with Canopy Growth, a marijuana and hemp producer that also has a partnership with her close friend Snoop Dogg, in 2019 to develop a line of self-titled CBD gummies. Stewart pushed away the idea of THC but said she fully embraces her CBD products.

“What do they call it? A contact high,” Stewart said of whether she partakes in smoking sessions with the rapper. “That’s the extent of my getting high with Snoop, is secondhand smoke, which is pretty serious, by the way.”

She continued, “You don’t get high off the gummies; you get relaxed.”

Relaxing doesn’t seem to be at the top of Stewart’s to-do list: she co-hosted the 2021 Puppy Bowl alongside partner-in-“contact high” Snoop Dogg and premiered a new HGTV series, “Martha Knows Best,” last summer.

The series follows the lifestyle expert around her Bedford, New York, farm as she completes a variety of outdoor projects with the virtual help of famous friends like Jay Leno, Lupita Nyong’o, Hailey Bieber and others.

Contributing: Dalvin Brown, Ben Tobin, Erin Jensen

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