Pamela Anderson has no interest in watching Pam & Tommy.
The Hulu limited series (now streaming) tells the true story behind the release of her and then-husband Tommy Lee's stolen sex tape, and a source close to Anderson tells EW that she won't be tuning in now or ever. "I do know she'll never, never watch this," the source says. "Not even years from now. Not even the trailer."
I'm caught up on the Pam and Tommy show, as any basic bitch with a Hulu account would be, but while watching I've had more questions than anything. "Are Pam and Tommy cool with all of this? Is it a true story? It doesn't seem to be painting them in a bad light, but certainly not a good light? Pam and Tommy HAVE to be involved with it, it's so personal?" Turns out Pam is absolutely not involved. The exact opposite - she doesn't even want to see a trailer for it.
Both the showrunners and series star Lily James (who plays Anderson) have previously stated they reached out to Anderson during the series' development but never received a response. The source confirms Anderson was indeed contacted multiple times, first "years ago" long before filming, and again "while they were in post-production." But she still wasn't interested—unlike Lee, who EW previously confirmed spoke to Stan about the project. "Tommy doesn't get it," says the source. "He's in the same mindset he was at the time: that any publicity is good publicity."
Of course Tommy Lee doesn't give a fuck. Not to be all "he's a man" but, he's a man. He's a man who happens to be a rock star, who had a sex tape released that showed him with his smoking hot wife and his giant dick. Did he consent to have this video out there? Obviously not. Is he mad about it? If he was, would he be involved with the show, and all of its literal "dick" glorifying moments? I mean, we had a full 3-5 minute scene of Tommy Lee talking to "his own" moving, extremely realistic CGI dick. Clearly he's not pressed about the issue. But what about Pamela?
"As a friend of Pamela, at least no one will ever ask me again if the tape was really stolen," the source says. "But 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. 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."
I've never looked much into the legality of this issue, but I've always thought it sounded kind of sketchy. Turns out its a true story. I also always thought Pamela was generally cool with it, after watching her on "The Roast of Pamela Anderson" (the first woman to be roasted on Comedy Central) and roughly 100% of the jokes were about their sex tape, her body, or her fucking someone on the panel. Tommy Lee was there, basking in the glory of the "his dick is huge" jokes, and again, while we were all laughing, it always felt weird to me. I thought Pam was like, a porn star. Not even close. But, again, here we are excusing terrible things (her naked body being objectified and profited off of, by order of a judge) for entertainment.
The source adds that after the #MeToo movement, "Pamela 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."
I'll probably keep watching the show because I'm curious about the story, but damn, this sucks. This feels dirty to me now. It sounds to me like all this shit happened, Pam had basically no choice but to swallow it and own it (normally a pro move that would get anyone off your back) and now we're kicking it all back up by throwing some fake boobs on Lily James and recreating exact moments from the sex tape? Meh. I don't love it.