TL;DR – Currently trending.
You might have seen the #MeToo hashtag used by your female friends on Twitter and Facebook and wonder why.
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
It all started with this Tweet by actress Alyssa Milano asking that women respond “me too” if they’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed. In 24 hours, the hashtag has been tweeted almost half a million times, making “#MeToo” the top trending topic through the day.
Fellow celebrities – including men – Anna Paquin, Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, and Evan Rachel Wood joined in too.
This movement follows allegations of rape against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein where several women have made accusations against him for rape and sexual assault. This includes actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan.
Amidst all the retweets and status updates, this tweet by writer Alexis Benveniste probably says it best.
Reminder that if a woman didn’t post #MeToo, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don’t owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
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