October 5th, The New York Times revealed that Harvey Weinstein, the renowned Hollywood producer, was involved in sexual assault and sexual harassment related to dozens of women. Since then, there have been many victims accusing him of the crime including famous actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Eva Green.
After the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, Alyssa Miliano, an American actress tweeted “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Without expect, it turned out that millions of female and even male netizens responded the activity of “#MeToo” initiated by Alyssa Miliano. Trough any kinds of community websites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, they’ve shared their own story of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Icelandic singer, Björk, described her experience and feelings of sexual harassment from Harvey Weinstein in her public post on Facebook. She mentioned “it feels extremely difficult to come out with something of this nature into the public, especially when immediately ridiculed by offenders.” Besides, the American winner of Olympic gymnastics gold medal, McKayla Maroney, also uncovered her experience of insults. With their brave inspiration, grassroots has been trying to speak out secrets buried in their heart for long.
According to Associated Press, there are at least 50 celebrities being charged the improper behaviors about sexuality after Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. Including Kevin Spacey, who starred well-known TV series “House of card”, and other 25 celebrities in entertainment industry; Charlie Rose, sophisticated host, and other 13 celebrities in press industry; Alex Gilady, the member of CIO, and another in sports industry. Thanks to the rage of #MeToo, those dark sides of sexual inequality in all kinds of working environment were exposed and caused us to think deeply about unfriendly harassment from higher authorities.
In fact, the very first one to encourage the activity of #MeToo is Tarana Burke, a social activists promoting gender equality. She raised the slogan” Me too” in 2006, hoping to contact and help those being hurt in sexual assault. It made Burke really shocked and grieved that #MeToo revived after the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. “It’s so heart-breaking that many women have revealed their own story on the community websites with using the tag “#MeToo”, she said.
According to The Guardian, this activity has evolved so far not only to specific males but to “highlighting all the man-to-woman incorrect behaviors and the imbalance at the top.”
Now, #MeToo isn’t just an activity in US, but also in other countries, such as #BalanceTonPorc (point out that pig) in France, and #MeToo in many languages from Spain to middle East.