By Joanne Rosa
In the heat of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, women in the entertainment industry feel a greater sense of support in speaking out against those who have sexually harassed or assaulted them.
Early Sunday evening, Alyssa Milano tweeted a call to action for women who endured sexual harassment or assault. Milano told Variety, “It’s definitely overwhelming, but I feel like the time was right for this to happen and the fact that I could be a vessel to create change is really special.”
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
According to Huffington Post, #MeToo was originally created in 2007 by the founder of Just Be Inc, Tarana Burke. Burke told Ebony Magazine “It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow… It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible…. What’s happening now is powerful.”
Thanks to Alyssa’s 3.24 million followers, #MeToo became viral overnight. By Monday morning, celebrities and women from all corners of the world shared their #MeToo story, or showed support to those who shared their experience.
Here are some of the celebs who shared their #MeToo story, or came forward to show support.
Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017
Dr. Nassar is currently on trial for molestation and abuse charges brought by nine females in February. His trial is slated for December. He has not commented yet on Maroney’s allegations of abuse.
#metoo A manager on my first big tour as a backup singer. When I went to a lawyer he told me to suck it up bc the guy could do a lot for me.
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 16, 2017
Reese Witherspoon shared the story of when a movie director assaulted her at the age of 16.
Jennifer Lawrence also shared her story of what she went through as a young star in Hollywood.
In response to the overwhelming number of #MeToo stories, the #HowIWillChange began trending. This is a way for men to ask themselves what they can do to fight against sexual harassment and assault.
Guys, it's our turn.
— Benjamin Law (@mrbenjaminlaw) October 16, 2017
There haven’t been as many male celebrities post about #MeToo, or even the recent #HowIWillChange. We aren’t the only ones who have noticed this.
Isn't it strange how every woman knows someone who's been sexually harassed but no man seem to know any harasser?
— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) October 17, 2017
Check out more #MeToo stories on Twitter.