This year’s golden globes was full of hundreds of celebrities supporting the #metoo movement by wearing black. The #metoo movement gained a lot of new attention due to social media to raise awareness and stop sexual abuse/ harassment. Although there are a couple reasons why I think the golden globes participants were more problematic than they were helpful.
Let’s start off with the immense hypocrisy that many celebrities displayed.
Amongst those was the beloved Oprah Winfrey who wore black and gave an incredible speech in regards to women and those were finally able to speak about their sexual abuse and attacker. Although not everyone bought into her speech especially not the British singer Seal Who posted a picture including Winfrey kissing Weinstein’s cheek. Above the images, he wrote, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you’re the solution.” Many people shared the same thought, how is it that she was so clueless that her “great friend” was abusing dozens of women.
Although Oprah isn’t the only celebrity to blame, Meryl Streep Falls right next to Oprah and even seen as part of the problem. These women work alongside with a known abuser and never cared to speak up about the problem until it became a mainstream concern. Let’s not forget Kendall Jenner’s participation; her 2017 Pepsi commercial hasn’t been forgotten and the controversy that followed it. People on Twitter and other social media platforms weren’t having it. There were also many men such as Sam Rockwell, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Guillermo Del Toro, and Aziz Ansari who participated and wore black but not once did they use their platform to speak about the #metoo movement. I can keep going with who did which problematic thing but I assure you that it won’t change anything.
As people who have such a large audience and platform and ability to speak and inform others they really let us down. Regardless we as individuals should help one another do our best to raise awareness. If you or anyone you know has or is struggling with issues such as those written in this article there are forms of help. There are school counselors, family, and friends that love and support you. National sexual assault hotline 1-800-658-4673 National suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255
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Written By Carolina Velazquez, Staff Writer