The Women and Men of Hollywood are Demanding Change


Abby Tow, Staff Writer

Allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other men in Hollywood came to light in late 2017 when several women in the film industry claimed that they’d been assaulted, raped, or harassed in their workplaces.

Social activist Tarana Burke had been using the “Me Too” slogan for years, but Alyssa Milano used her online platform to popularize the movement and bring it into the mainstream. Several celebrities have since come out with their own personal stories in hopes of empowering victims outside of Hollywood and legitimizing the ever-present issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. The hashtag, #MeToo, quickly permeated the Twitter and social media landscape, showing a world of people who were unfamiliar or ignorant to the issue the gravity of sexual harassment.

Jennifer Lawrence, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and several other women in the media came forward to share their personal stories of sexism and abuse and to expose the nasty and dangerous place that Hollywood is. Twitter campaigns, rallies, and public protests have taken place since uniting victims and allies all over the world. At the Golden Globes in 2018, even, nearly every celebrity dressed in black in support of change in film and an end to sexism in the workplace.

The movement is taking down many of our heroes. While this is disappointing, the focus should not be on them. The focus needs to be placed on the women and men who have been assaulted and made to feel unsafe in their workplaces. The process is a painful one, but it is important to remember that the pain of the victims should come first, and that means allowing the ugly wounds of sexual misconduct in the workplace to heal.