Film producer Harvey Weinstein’s recent allegations of sexual misconduct have sparked a social media campaign in which women who have experienced sexual assault and harassment tweet #MeToo.
The movement was started by Alyssa Milano who tweeted “If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted write Me Too as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag is meant to demonstrate how many women have been victims of sexual harassment.
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
Since the campaign began on Sunday Oct. 15, millions of women have tweeted the hashtag or shared stories of their experience with sexual harassment including Debra Messing, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence.
The New York Times published an article that chronicled several accounts of Weinstein’s harassment of women on Oct. 5. Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault. More than 30 women have alleged Weinstein sexually harassed them.
Weinstein presented himself to the public as an advocator for women. He hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, participated in the women’s march and consistently donates to democratic campaigns. However, his misconduct, “wasn’t a secret to the inner circle,” Weinstein’s former assistant Kathy DeClesis told The New York Times.
Although several of Weinstein’s employees were aware of the harassment, The New York Times reported that, “Mr. Weinstein enforced a code of silence; employees of the Weinstein Company have contracts saying they will not criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation.”’
Weinstein’s history of sexual misconduct spans 30 years and includes him paying settlements to several women he victimized to prevent them from publicizing his misconduct.
Weinstein’s statement about the accusations read, “I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone.”
The allegations against Weinstein caused him to be expelled from from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy Board of Governors announces that it has voted to immediately expel Harvey Weinstein from the Academy. pic.twitter.com/z7fFHFDEI1
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 14, 2017