Ever since a New York Times report on Harvey Weinstein forcing himself onto debutante actresses surfaced online, the number of women accusing Weinstein of gross sexual malfeasance, and worse, has steadily increased. The film mogul, has pretty obviously, denied these allegations against him. After losing his job and his wife, Harvey Weinstein was even stripped of his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Weinstein expelled from Academy. Statement: pic.twitter.com/eEdxLstpPG— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) October 14, 2017
"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What's at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify," said their official statement.
On Sunday, social media was bombarded with posts, especially from women, who used only two words – ‘Me Too’. The idea was to reveal that they have also been sexually assaulted or harassed, and to let your friends and families understand, the magnitude of the problem. The trend kicked off after actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter and posted a note while writing, "If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet." Since then, millions of women (and men) have come out with harrowing tales of sexual assault and harassments. Milano’s original tweet received over 58,000 comments and 21,000 retweets.
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 October 2017
around 6mos earlier, did a 3day promo for a real estate show where an ol rice mill owner offered to giv me a job if i "met him alone" #MeToo— Imaan Sheikh (@sheikhimaan) October 16, 2017
In Saudi they behead men who rape. In China they castrate them. In North Korea it’s the firing squad. In India all we can do is say #MeToo.— Meghna Pant (@MeghnaPant) October 16, 2017
The number of #metoo stories being shared are too many and also very disturbing. Humanity has failed.— Manasi Pathak (@ThatUnitedLady) October 16, 2017
Men,if you are not talking about your own experiences with the #MeToo hashtag then shut up and stop trying to police women who are. Kthnxbai— Aditi (@awryaditi) October 16, 2017
I doubt any woman is that lucky that she won’t get flashed at/sexually assaulted/abused/raped/molested at least once in her lifetime.#MeToo— shunali shroff (@shunalishroff) October 16, 2017
#meToo - the first time was in the 4th standard. the postman who tried to pinch non existent breasts.— Harini Calamur (@calamur) October 16, 2017
Yet to meet a person from my gender who has not suffered abuse/harassment/ being groped in their lives. We're all survivors here. #MeToo— Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) October 16, 2017
It’s sad to see wives of sexual harassers using the #metoo hashtag oblivious to the asshole next to them. I feel doubly bad for them.— Aparna Jain (@Aparna) October 16, 2017
Where to begin? A man once reached into my autorickshaw outside New Delhi Railway Station, hit me hard on the chest & disappeared. #MeToo— Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) October 16, 2017
You know if a girl tells you she’s been sexually harassed, what’s the best thing you could say to her? I BELIEVE YOU.#MeToo— Nikita Jain (@Nikitajain2091) October 16, 2017
Last week women on Twitter, started a global protest by using the #WomenBoycottTwitter and urged users to boycott Twitter for a day. The boycott of the platform started on Friday, 13 October for 24 hours. This was after the microblogging site partially suspended Rose McGowan's Twitter account because of her repeated tweets against Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck. The microblogging site has often been criticised before for its inability to tackle similar incidents.
In India, the hashtag has been trending on Twitter and Facebook for a few days. Apart from the commoners, prominent personalities from the entertainment industry also chose to break pierce the silence. Comedian Mallika Dua on her Facebook post shared how she was sexually harassed at the age of seven in a car. “Me too… in my own car. My mother was driving while he sat at the back with his hand under my skirt the whole time. I was 7. My sister was 11. His hands went everywhere inside my skirt and on my sister’s back. My father who was in a different car dislocated the bastard’s jaw with his bare hands later that night,” she wrote.
ME TOO.— Shenaz Treasury (@ShenazTreasury) October 16, 2017
If all the women who have been sexually harassed wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the problem#metoo
any girl whos ever used public transport in India - local buses/trains has been a victim of sexual molestation & harassment. #MeToo— Suchitra (@suchitrak) October 16, 2017
#MeToo and I beg for it end with me.— Sumukhi Suresh (@sumukhisuresh) October 16, 2017