2017 has been an interesting year for Hollywood. Anyone that has social media probably noticed the #MeToo “trend”. This all began when actress Rose McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in the 90’s. Her friend, Alyssa Milano, urged Twitter users who have experienced sexual assault to post the two-word status to show just how prevalent the issue is. This picked up momentum and became a force of women and men coming forward and sharing their stories. Weinstein now has a whopping 83 accusers and has since resigned from Weinstein Company’s board and his wife has left him.
However, Weinstein is not the only Hollywood star under fire, 34 high profile men (and counting) have been accused and reprimanded for their actions. Some of them include comedian Louis C.K., actor Kevin Spacey, and anchor Matt Lauer and no matter how big the name or reputation, none of the accusations are going unnoticed. For example, Spacey was replaced in his upcoming movie “All the Money in the World” and cut from the popular Netflix series “House of Cards” and Lauer was fired from NBC after a 20-year commitment to the news station.
These sudden revelations have been referred to as the “Weinstein Effect”. As disappointing as it may be to look at these “role models” mistakes, it may be better to look at our shift in society. Focusing on Weinstein’s case specifically, his accusers range from all ages and spans over decades. Due to his power and position, women felt they could not come forward with his sexual assault. However, as of October 2017, these women have been able to come together and share their stories and encourage other women to do the same. The “Weinstein Effect” has served as a wakeup call to all men (and women) that women deserve to have their bodies respected and any behavior that contradicts that will not be tolerated.