After her deafening silence on the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano is back on her soapbox as the champion of women’s issues on social media.
Milano, who was called out by her “Charmed” co-star, and Weinstein accuser, Rose McGowan for her silence, launched a hashtag campaign over the weekend where she asked women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed to tweet “Me Too.”
It is the type of slacktivism that Milano has become known for.
Last week she was one of many women on Twitter to take a 24 hour break from the social media platform to protest McGowan’s ban from the website.
More than a week after the allegations against Weinstein were made known, Milano took to her personal blog to speak out against him and give an excuse as to why she hadn’t done it quicker.
“Even with these strong feelings—not just about Weinstein but about workplace sexism in general—this statement is complicated for me for personal reasons, she said. “Harvey has a wife, who I have had the privilege of working with for the last 5 years on Project Runway All Stars. Georgina Chapman is my friend. She is one of the most special humans I have ever met.”
“Harvey and Georgina also have two very young children who my children have known their entire lives,” she added. “It is because of my love for Georgina, India and Dashiell that I haven’t publicly commented on this until now. Please don’t confuse my silence for anything other than respect for a dear friend and her beautiful children.”
“While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy—ecstatic even—that it has opened a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women,” Milano continued. “To the women who have suffered any form of abuse of power, I stand beside you. To the women who have come forward against a system that is designed to keep you silent, I stand in awe of you and appreciate you and our fortitude.”
Many celebrities joined Milano’s campaign.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 15, 2017
Some men will never know what it’s like to walk down the street, be catcalled, fear for their safety or the sanctity of their space. #metoo
— Katie Stevens (@thekatiestevens) October 16, 2017
First of all…
I believe you. #metoo movement is tremendous. My ❤️ goes out to everyone of you.
— Christian Navarro (@ChristianLN0821) October 16, 2017
#MeToo. Repeatedly. And have spent the rest of my life living with PTSD and trying to rebuild what was shattered. 1/3
— Oliver Jackson-Cohen (@OJACKSONCOHEN) October 16, 2017
The first time I got groped was when I was in class 6. I was walking to school and a man groped my breasts. Yes. #MeToo
— Nupur (@UnSubtleDesi) October 16, 2017
Please, if you haven’t, go seek the #MeToo hashtag. Men especially need to take responsibility for our role in this. #IBelieveYou
— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) October 16, 2017
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
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