Pamela Anderson’s sons tell her to be more like Kim Kardashian West.
The Baywatch star – who has Dylan, 18, and Brandon, 20, with her former husband Tommy Lee – has revealed her kids would like her to be “so rich” like the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star but she insists that’s not something she “aspires” to be.
She said: “They think I do things wrong. It’s the typical mother-son relationship. ‘Oh Mum, you should have done this. You could be so rich like Kim Kardashian!’
“That’s not a life I aspire to. I am rich: I’m healthy, I have two beautiful boys and I’m doing what I’m passionate about. I don’t need stuff.”
And the 49-year-old model and actress also admits she prefers her sexual encounters to be romantic.
She explained: “I’m a romantic. I’ve been in experiences where I’m with a man I love and all of a sudden, he’s flipping me around, slapping me, spitting on me, calling me a w***e. What the hell? This is terrible sex! Get an imagination and call me back afterwards.”
So far, 2016 has been a year of unexpected events. In the last two months alone, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Nigel Farage grew a moustache and we learnt that Mary Berry would leave The Great British Bake Off.
It felt as if nothing more could surprise us. But then we were treated to the sight of former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson reinventing herself as a political agitator.
The 49-year-old spoke at the Oxford Union this week about the damage pornography was doing to a new generation of sexual partners, saying it promoted violence against women and was “demeaning and hurtful”.
She also said she was “completely offended” by Donald Trump’s recently leaked admission about groping women; her comments were later reported on television news bulletins.
As if that weren’t enough, Anderson then visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been claiming political asylum for over four years. She swept in with her usual glamorous aplomb, sporting cat’s-eye sunglasses, carrying a copy of Vivienne Westwood’s diaries and vegan sandwiches.
A few days earlier, Anderson had been photographed posing winsomely next to a red pillar box, sending a hand-addressed letter to Theresa May at 10 Downing Street to protest against animal circus acts.
“With all due respect, Brexit is complicated,” the actress wrote, “but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie.”
It’s all a far cry from the fictional Malibu beach where Anderson first ran slo-mo across the sand in her red swimsuit as CJ Parker, the world’s most attractive lifeguard.
It’s a confusing time for feminism. We live in an era when Kim Kardashian can post a nude selfie and claim to feel empowered by her own self-objectification. Yet even in this bewildering context, many of us were surprised to see an actress who has posed for the cover of Playboy a record 14 times campaigning against the porn industry.
But Anderson’s experience arguably allows her to offer a unique position on the issue. She told the Oxford Union that for years men treated her “like a porn star”, an experience that led to her being “slapped, called a whore and spat on – it’s sick, it’s hurtful, it’s demeaning and it’s terrible, terrible sex”.
She has called for a “sensual revolution” and the resurrection of romance, while at the same time acknowledging her past: “I know I should probably disqualify myself from the conversation.”
Baywatch made Anderson a household name in the 90s, when she became every unimaginative teenage boy’s favourite pin-up.
She was the quintessential blonde: a beautiful, buoyant Marilyn Monroe repackaged for modern times. She hung out with Hugh Hefner, went on Australian Big Brother and auctioned off her red swimsuit for charity.
Can that Pamela Anderson really be this same barricade-stormer, who thinks nothing of visiting a discredited political exile and dashing off a letter to the Prime Minister? Who turned up at the Assemblee Nationale in Paris in January to support a ban on force-feeding geese for foie gras?
In fact, her political awareness is the result of a much longer process. It dates back some 20 years, to when she found herself on a long Baywatch promotional tour and wrote a letter on mauve stationery to the animal rights group Peta.
“I’m in a TV show called Baywatch and the press is obsessed with my personal life,” the letter went. “I’d really like to divert some of the attention to things more important than my boobs or my boyfriends. Can we join forces?”
Pamela Anderson is auctioning off a dinner date with her to raise money for Last Chance for Animals.
The former ‘Baywatch’ actress is giving the highest bidder the chance to enjoy an intimate meal with her at Los Angeles vegan eatery Plant Food & Wine Restaurant with the all the money going to the LCA charity.
The lot is open on website CharityBuzz until Wednesday October 26 and at the time of writing the highest bid stands at $3,500 with an estimated value set at $10,000.
The description for Pammie’s offer states: “Ever dreamed of having dinner with one of the most iconic woman in the world? “Known for her ‘Baywatch’ fame and so much more, including being a life-long animal rights activist, proud vegan, entrepreneur, Playboy model and reality star, bombshell Pamela Anderson is offering you and a guest the chance to have dinner with her at Plant Food & Wine Restaurant in Los Angeles. This is a priceless once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one of the most famous and most photographed women in the world. Don’t miss this exclusive experience!”
LCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation all over the globe through education, investigations, legislation and media attention. The charity promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle and the ascription of rights to non-human beings and it has campaigned to stop the dog meat trade in China, called for the end of keeping elephants in captivity and a total ban on circus animals.
Pammie is a committed animal rights activist and has worked with several organizations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to stop animal cruelty.
In 2014, she set up the Pamela Anderson Foundation to champion the rights of both humans and animals and help the environment.