Faces of the #MeToo movement
Soon after allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October 2017, a hashtag that started on Twitter exploded into a symbol of sexual harassment and assault both in and outside of the workplace. #MeToo, coined in fact by activist Tarana Burke 10 years prior, was the phrase that actress Alyssa Milano used last year to encourage women (and men) to reveal just how prevalent of an issue this is.
As a result, hundreds of thousands of people on social media came out to show solidarity with #MeToo, including many celebrities. Within 24 hours on Facebook, 4.7 million people around the world had engaged in the #MeToo conversation. This momentum has carried the movement beyond the U.S. to countries like the U.K. and South Korea, and has provided a path to more crackdowns on workplace harassment. French speakers use #balancetonporc, Spanish speakers use #YoTambien and Arab countries use the hashtags وأنا_كمان# and وانا_ايضا#.
With this in mind, Stacker found 50 high-profile celebrities who have come forward or made an impact on the #MeToo movement. Though they’re just a few in a sea of voices, these individuals all played a role in further publicizing the #MeToo movement.
Social activist Tarana Burke started using the phrase “Me Too” on Myspace in 2006 in order to promote “empowerment through empathy” for women of color who are victims of sexual abuse. According to the Washington Post, “she was inspired to use the phrase after being unable to respond to a 13-year-old girl who confided to her that she had been sexually assaulted. Burke later wished she had simply told the girl, ‘me too.’” She has shown strong support for the movement in its more evolved form today, as well.
The activist and former Charmed actress ignited the more recent #MeToo wave, tweeting on October 15, 2017 that “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Milano has since said that she hopes people will continue to support the movement in the future.
Actress and author Gabrielle Union has long been outspoken against sexual assault (and has been open about her own rape at the age of 19). Union has also come forward with a critique of the #MeToo movement that has resonated with many women as well. She argues that the floodgates have opened due in large part to the efforts of white women, and that women of color, who have been speaking about this issue for years, have been ignored until now.
The Italian actress and model was one of the women who came forward in the original New Yorker article, alleging that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, Argento received a lot of backlash for the revelation, and was forced to leave Italy for Germany. She continued to speak candidly about the toxicity of Hollywood culture at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
About a month after the #MeToo movement began, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas revealed that she was one of the hundreds of young gymnasts sexually abused by former USA team doctor Larry Nassar. After a lengthy trial with dozens of statements given by the victims, Nassar was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
“Kill Bill” actress Uma Thurman told The New York Times that Weinstein had made unwanted sexual advances towards her on more than one occasion. She also alleged that her rebuking led to the end of her professional relationship with director Quentin Tarantino, whom she said endangered her life on set.
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