#MeToo has been viral since it first started on Sunday. It encourages women to share their stories on social media to demonstrate the prevalence and scope of sexual harassment.
Millions of women have joined the conversation amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal that has sparked the conversation not only in the entertainment industry but in society in general.
#MeToo joining the conversation
Actress Alyssa Milano is credited with sparking the movement after tweeting a note that encouraged women to share their stories in order to give the problem more magnitude.
Milano’s tweet on Sunday quickly ignited the social media movement with millions of women sharing their stories in the app.
The actress’ former co-star in ‘Charmed’, Rose McGowan, is one of the more than 40 women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or rape. On Saturday, the disgraced producer lost his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while last week he was fired from his own film studio, the Weinstein Company.
“My hope is people will get the idea of the magnitude, of just how many people have been affected by this in the world, in our lifetimes, in this country,” Milano said on Monday.
“The most important thing that it did was to shift the conversation away from the predator and to the victim.”
“While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power,” the actress added.
“I’m happy – ecstatic even – that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women.”
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
Alyssa Milano sparks a much larger conversation
Thousands of women joined the #MeToo conversation. Amassing over 500,000 tweets and more than 12 million Facebook posts, comments or reactions using the hashtag.
Debra Messing, Lady Gaga, Sophia Bush, and Gabrielle Union were among the figures in Hollywood who joined in on the conversation.
Elizabeth Warren also joined the chorus of posts, citing Milano’s note, as many others did on Facebook or Twitter.
While the movement has helped women come out of the shadows, men also added their voices in support.
‘Hamilton actor Javier Munoz wrote, “I don’t know if [it] means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.”
Also, former NHL star Theo Fleury shared his experience, writing, “I am a #metoo and I’m a male I would like to know how many guys out there are #metoos.”
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 16, 2017
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 15, 2017
Not a woman, but, me too.
Business, both men and women.
— Dan Amboyer (@danamboyer) October 16, 2017
This. #MeToo https://t.co/oYiyeMxvuy
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) October 15, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 15, 2017
Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.
— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017
And I was blamed for it.
I was told not to talk about it.
I was told that it wasn't that bad.
I was told to get over it.
— Najwa Zebian (@najwazebian) October 16, 2017