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.