Film producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein has been accused of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. A New York Times article reported that he has been harassing women for decades. Now, more than 30 women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have alleged sexual advances from him.
On Twitter, women have been sharing their own sexual harassment stories and are still continuing to come forward, concluding their posts with the hashtag #MeToo.
#MeToo was first used by Alyssa Milano, who co-stared on Charmed with Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s accusers, and was also friends with Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s wife. Milano formed the idea when a friend explained to her that this kind of tweet “might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” It has. The actress posted:
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
Within hours, Twitter and Facebook became flooded with responses, exemplifying that sexual harassment occurs around the world and needs to be addressed. By 4 a.m. this morning, more than 200,000 tweets and 80,000 Facebook users have discussed the topic of sexual assault of any magnitude:
Celebrities have been retweeting the phrase, as well:
Me too https://t.co/qKACr0N3zj
— Rebecca Mader (@bexmader) October 16, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017