So I actually wrote more in between the Weinstein story breaking in the the Times and the New Yorker and Alyssa Milano’s first #MeToo tweet on October 15th. But it’s juicy and I’m saving that juice for just the right moment.
Till then, let us jump ahead to when I first heard that this ‘me too’ idea I’d floated in a comment to Lena Dunham’s piece on Oct 10th had turned into the #MeToo firestorm on the 15th.
I can’t be absolutely certain but I am fairly sure I first heard about it all on the New York Times website, reading the October 16 article by Jim Rutenberg, Rachel Abrams, and Melena Ryzik entitled Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood, telling of, among other things, the explosion that #MeToo was still growing into.
A week ago, in the comments section of the Lena Dunham piece published in this paper called Harvey Weinstein and the Silence of the Men, I wrote this:
jammer los angeles October 10, 2017 “Here’s what really needs to happen now. Every woman who has ever been presented with a career/sex quid pro quo in the entertainment industry should come forward and simply say, “Me, too.”
Whether it was my comment a week ago or, as this piece today suggests, Alyssa Milano’s tweet that inspired the #metoo hashtag is relatively unimportant. But if it was me, then I want to emphasize my concern that the focus should remain on Hollywood and the unique environment in which Harvey Weinstein was able to carry on for decades preying on the hopes and dreams of aspiring actresses and models as an open and often humorously downplayed secret.
Any and every woman who has endured sexual harassment of any kind should have a right to voice their own ‘me too’ at this moment.
But the focus must remain on Hollywood. For nowhere on earth is there a place where every year wave upon wave of young hopefuls come crashing against a system of sexual predation manned by those who use their entrenched power over everyone’s career in the business to prey upon so many young women.
Hollywood has for too long operated far beyond the reach of laws protecting women against sexual misconduct and the result is as predictable as human nature itself. But it will never stop if attention is diverted elsewhere.
I’m going to leave it there for today except to add an obvious point. I no longer feel that it is relatively unimportant what or who exactly inspired #MeToo. 😉
A rare same-day supplement to what was posted this morning. It’s pretty germane to the whole point of the last few days here. It is me extemporaneously relating to my friends on a certain message board that I had the previous day suggested ‘me too’ and this message was posted still four days before Alyssa Milano’s call for women to do the same exact thing. One thing I should add. Ms. Milano has said that her reason for her #MeToo call was so that we might get a better understanding of the scope of this problem. In both my original suggestion in the comments sections of the Dunham op-ed and in the excerpt from the message board I post on I express the same reasoning behind women using ‘me too.’
And it WAS my reasoning. I must confess one thing right now and this is key to why I even called for ‘me too’ to be used in this context in the first place. I wanted to get an idea of the numbers, which I suggested would be in the tens of thousands, of women IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY who had experienced this behavior in pursuit of their careers in Hollywood. That really was my sole focus. As much as it provides great pride and hope to me and of course the many tens of millions of women around the world who have rallied behind #MeToo, I have to admit I’m still laser-focused on the entertainment industry. I’ll explain that in the coming days.
Anyway, I would point out something else. This bit that I’m posting now is actually a continuation of the same message board comment in the previous blog post here on 50lux.com. Brevity is not my strongest point. 😉
I wrote a comment on the Lena Dunham piece that said that what needs to happen now is a sea of women, from Oscar winners to girls who abandoned their careers after six months of this shit, to come forward if they were ever faced or offered, either overtly or with a wink, some role, representation, some other advancement of their career in the entertainment industry, to just come forward and say, Me, too. I don’t know how many women will do that. But I know that the number of women who COULD would be in the hundreds of thousands. Hundreds of thousands.
So I think Mira Sorvino and Angelina Jolie both have Oscars. And Bob’s your uncle they were out there today letting the world know that Harvey had done some shit to them. That’s just Harvey. This reaches so far beyond one guy. But that’s a great start. When I typed that shit, I thought, jammer, really? Oscar winners? But there we have it. Anyway.