Celebrity Life Coach, best selling author, and motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, has been accused of sexual misconduct, berating abuse victims, and racism. So hopefully he's having a bad week. For those not in the know, Robbins is best known as the world's biggest and one of it's first viral motivational speakers.
He's toured the globe giving talks on how to "transform your life" and "rewire your brain". Definitely sounds like something everyone's mom would listen to if it were on a book-on-tape back in 1999. And now, according to Buzzfeed News, Robbins has come under fire for being awful. Sexual misconduct, berating abuse victims, and racism is basically the trifecta of douchebaggery.
And the worst part is, these aren't just one time instances. More and more women are coming forward telling their stories about how Tony abused them, exposed himself to them, or blamed them for things out of their control.
Who is Tony Robbins?
via: GettyHe's basically the Michael Jackson of the motivational speaker world. The man knows how to put on a show. He sells out arenas to thousands of screaming fans, and he's been doing it for years.
He's started a multi-billion dollar self-help empire.
Tony has worked with celebrities from Donald Trump and Bill Clinton to Oprah and the Kardashians.
"At the core of Robbins’ teachings is the message that his followers should not see themselves as victims, and should instead view their pain as something they have the power to 'destroy.'"
via: GettyAll according to Buzzfeed News. So you know, that makes him the world's number one motivational speaker, and the world's number one hypocrite.
But access to Tony's inner circle comes at a price.can cost up to $85,000.
Not only that, but audiences who attend his multiday coaching camps must "sign contracts forbidding them from recording what goes on inside."
But now there are tapes. There are always tapes.
via: GettyWhistleblowers have been secretly recording Tony's engagements for nearly a year to uncover some of the darkest secrets of the world's most loved self-help guru.
"A total of nine former staffers and followers have now recounted incidents in which Robbins made sexual advances or was naked in front of them — and eight of them said they were upset by his actions."
"Kimberly Stokes, who worked as a live-in personal assistant for Robbins when she was 22 years old, told BuzzFeed News that he once walked into her bathroom while she was showering and 'dropped his towel,' exposing himself."
Sophiah Koikas said that Robbins pulled her hand onto his crotch to feel his penis and groped her breast at a Hawaii seminar.
Mary Lantz said that Robbins sexually harassed her at an event she attended in Ohio — telling her she was “driving him crazy," kissing her, hugging her, and touching her breast.
"A fourth woman, Lucie Galvez, said that Robbins asked her 'How do you feel about nudity?' during an interview for a personal assistant job around 2001, when she was in her early twenties."BuzzFeed News.
Robbins denies all allegations.
But it's not just sexual harassment and assault that Tony is coming under fire for.
via: GettyHe has also been accused of victim blaming and berating victims of rape, domestic violence, and other abuse.
"Has he ever loved you? Has he ever looked out for you? Has he put up with you when you've been a crazy bitch? Have you ever been a crazy bitch?"
The rooms he holds his multi-day events in are often kept very cold, with few bathroom breaks, and breaks for meals.
via: GettyBy the end of the conference, attendees would often suffer mental breakdowns after having to relive their traumas in such an uninviting space.
Tony's former head of security, Gary King said, "We used to joke about it. People started ‘popping like popcorn.’"
Late last year, Robbins faced criticism for referring to the #MeToo movement as, "an excuse for some women to 'try and get significance' by 'attacking and destroying someone else.'"
He later went on to say this in December 2018:
His lawyers came in hot in his defence to Buzzfeed News, saying...
And guess what? That's not even all the bad stuff Tony has said.
via: GettyTony has also been filmed in the past using racial slurs, most notably, the n-word.
In the video, he can be seen using the n-word twelve times in a minute and twenty-second clip.
"[H]e explained to one man that if he didn’t stop taking offense about matters of race he would 'never be free.'"
“As long as someone calls you a n***** and gets that kind of response I’ve seen right now, where you’re ready to explode... you have no control in your life. You are still a slave."
via: GettyHe claims he uses these words in an effort to empower minorities and remove the power behind the words, but his routine is tone def and patently offensive.
"He proceeded to perform a dance in front of the crowd while singing, 'I’m a n***** you’re a n*****, be a n***** too.'"
The video in question:Tony's attitude and context of why he's using these words is no excuse. Although he has such blasé about the words he's using, make no mistake that he's using it to gain power over his audience.
Just as he did before with abuse victims and the women he would go on to harass.
via: GettyBuzzfeed's exposé has painted a picture of a rotten, vile person, who gained fame, celebrity, and money by manipulating and belittling other people, all under the guise of "I can make you better".
Tony's actions are reprehensible.
Leave a comment with your thoughts on the matter.
via: GettyIs Tony completely in the wrong, or is he just using extreme methods to motivate people?