Celebrities and women around the world took to Twitter to denounce sexual harassment and assault with the hashtag #MeToo, following the actress Alyssa Milano’s call to action on Sunday.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, singer Lady Gaga and actresses Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon were among the celebrities that tweeted “#MeToo”.
California Senator Kamala Harris thanked everyone who has joined the campaign for their courage and extend sympathy to the survivors.
The hashtag was a reaction to sexual abuse allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein who has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
A number of women have said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents dating back to the 1980s.
On Monday night, Elle magazine celebrated numerous high-profile women in Hollywood at the soiree ‘Elle: women in Hollywood’ at the four seasons in Beverly Hills. However, the celebrities in attendance were also celebrating after allegations made against film producers in Hollywood appear to be bringing about change for women in Hollywood.
“Not just women, honestly, men banding together as well and wanting to have something positive. I think it’s really amazing and I really do hope we bring about some positive change,” said actress Margot Robbie.
“I feel empowered that we can actually do something about it and that feels amazing,” said actress Laura Dern.
Producer Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the academy on Sunday. Kathleen Kennedy, best known for producing the ‘Star Wars’ films, also sits on the board of trustees at AMPAS, which expelled Weinstein. She called for the entire film industry to act.
“Well I think we’re all going to have to work together to create some standards of compliance and I think that’s something a lot of people are starting to talk about right now,” said the AMPAS board member and producer.
“I think the unions should work together, the studios, the agencies, the guilds, the entire industry,” she added. — Reuters