Let’s talk about the recent wave of Hollywood sexual harassment scandals. Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ve probably heard of the #MeToo movement. In my opinion, what started as movement to empower women around the world might be in imminent danger of becoming a joke. Let me explain.
As a woman, I think it’s great that a movement like #MeToo has brought people from all around of the world to come forward and share their stories free of shame. It’s about time. Sexual harassment has been going on for too long. Not only Hollywood, everywhere. Hollywood just gets bigger exposure, because we’re talking about the entertainment industry. There’s been an increasing number of women willing to come forward and say they were victims too. That definitely encourages other women to feel less intimidated and report misconducts. However, I also think many are trying to jump onto the “MeToo” wagon when they weren’t really victims. That I do not support.
Why would someone ever do something like that? Why would someone claim they were a victim when in reality they never were? Hidden agendas. It’s Hollywood that we’re talking about. A lot a people wanting to be famous (or get 5 minutes of fame). A lot of people willing to do shady things to earn a couple of extra minutes in the spotlight… No, I’m not trying to discredit these men and women. It’s their right to come forward and share their negative experiences. However, I also think it’s messed up when those accusations are not entirely true.
Are Hollywood’s Sexual Harassment Scandals Becoming A Witch Hunt?
Have you heard about the Aziz Ansari sexual misconduct “story”? If you haven’t, you can read it here. As I said before, it’s that woman’s right to feel that she was a victim of sexual misconduct. But one’s perception might not always match what really happened in reality. There are a couple of things that made me feel uncomfortable while reading the article and they have nothing to do with Aziz’s behaviour. I’m not going to discuss them in deep details but I believe we all need to be responsible for our choices. As I see it, no matter how “persistent” Aziz was, it was still her choice to go to his apartment or not. She had several opportunities to assert herself and leave the situation that was making her uncomfortable.
And you know what’s the worst part of this whole story? She gets to remain anonymous, whereas Aziz doesn’t get to have that privilege. As I said before, people are entitled to feel how they feel. However, actions has consequences.
Was It Sexual Harassment Or Not?
What happened Harvey Weinstein was real karma, he had it coming. There is strong evidence that he did something to those women and now he’s being exposed. However, there are many shades of sexual harassment/misconduct. For instance, let’s take a look at the James Franco sexual misconduct case. There isn’t concrete evidence of sexual misconduct, it’s a pretty much a “he said, she said” type of case. However, Franco is already suffering negative consequences from these “could be true or not” accusations. Doesn’t this remind you of the old Salem witch trials? What happened to the “innocent until proven guilty”? Once again, I’m not saying these ladies accusing Franco are lying. However, making accusations about someone doesn’t make them immediately guilty. Is James Franco being victim of a personal vendetta from these women? I don’t know, but no one is asking these type of questions. Most are already assuming that James Franco is guilty.
Final words? I just hope the #MeeToo movement doesn’t loose its credibility because of few bad seeds (people that are making false accusations). Please don’t try to take away the legitimacy of this beautiful movement.