Former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr apparently confused the meaning of the Me Too movement and said he “too” has private jets and billions of dollars.
The athlete was asked about the campaign which raises awareness around sexual harassment and assault in an interview at tech conference CES to promote his new virtual reality boxing game.
But Mayweather acted as if he had never heard of the global movement.
In response to a question on Me Too, he replied: “The who?”
The boxing promoter, who made a one-fight comeback in 2017, went on to say he uses the expression “me too” to boast his wealth.
In an interview with Men’s Health, Mayweather said: “When you say ‘me too’… When somebody is like, ‘I got a Rolls Royce, I be like me too.’
“When somebody say they got a private jet, I say ‘Me too. I got two. Me too.”
And despite attempts by his interviewer to explain the different meaning of the Me Too campaign, Mayweather stressed that he used the expression for material possessions.
He said: “My Me Too movement from the beginning was whenever somebody said what they have I’m like, ‘me too’. Somebody say they got a billion dollars, I say, ‘I made a billion dollars, me too’.”
Mayweather was jailed for two months after admitting misdemeanour battery following a 2010 attack on his ex-girlfriend and mother of his three children Josie Harris.
Pressed again on the movement, Mayweather added that sexual misconduct is not “cool”.
Women and men all over the globe started sharing their personal stories using the hashtag #MeToo last year, in the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
The viral phrase was established to denounce sexual assault and harassment, while acting as a call for thousands of women to come forward on social media to identify themselves as victims of sexual assault.