There was no escaping the Harvey Weinstein affair these past few days. The famous movie producer has been accused of a multitude of cases of sexual harassment and even rape by artists such as Cara Delevingne and Léa Seydoux for instance.
Rose McGowan (star of Charmed and now a feminist activist and a spokeswoman against sexual abuse), was joined in this fight by none other than fellow actress Alyssa Milano.
Milano put the power of social media to good use by launching the hashtag #MeToo on Twitter. It's short and to the point and she hopes it will help victims of sexual abuses (from harassment to assault and rape) getting their voice heard as widely as possible.
The idea behind this was that sharing this hashtag would give an idea of the scope of the problem.
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) 15 octobre 2017
This hashtag, (sadly) unsurprisingly, instantly went viral and started popping all over the social networks. Many Holywood celebrities used it to voice their experience, such as Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Debra Messing (Will & Grace), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane)… The list is endless.
Me too.— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) 15 octobre 2017
I was so young and confused, it didnt occur to me that it was in fact rape if it was done by a partner or if you were asleep. #metoo— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) 16 octobre 2017
Me too— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) 15 octobre 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) 15 octobre 2017
Social networks soon got swamped by edifying testimonies of sexual harassment coming from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Sexual harassment is not something that's going to disappear with a wave of some magic wand. We need to be aware of this social evil and act accordingly. This hashtag is one huge step forward in doing just that.