With a lot of local and social alternatives, the #METOO (METOO) movement is a movement against sexual assault and harassment. It spread virally in 2017. People used hashtag METOO on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Me too movement effects are empowering women in Global cinema.
#METOO MOVEMENT: EFFECTS ON GLOBAL CINEMA
First used in 2006
Tarana Burke, an African-American social activist first used #metoo to promote “empowerment through empathy” campaign for women who have faced sexual abuse. It was particularly for underprivileged communities.
Almost after 10 years on 15 October 2017, it was used by Hollywood actress ALYSSA MILANO to encourage women to speak up and to draw attention to sexual assault. #METOO was used 200,000 times on 15 October 2017 and 500,000 times the next day. On Facebook, it was used by 4.7 million people in 12 million posts.
IT TOOK 1 YEAR TO METOO MOVEMENT TO INDIA
In October this year, Tanushree Dutta a former Bollywood actress leveled allegations in an interview against actor Nana Patekar of physical misconduct during the shooting of movie Horn Ok Please. She took a lot of time to reveal about the harassment happened with her. Some people favored her but at the same time, many people trolled her for giving a late statement for publicity as Nana is one of the most popular celebrities of Bollywood.
INDIA IS SPEAKING UP #TIMESUP
After Tanushree many actresses, journalists got empower to talk about their molesters. Chitrangda also joined the movement and addressed people about the misbehave of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the auditions of movie Babumoshai Bandookbazzz. Former minister M.J Akbar, queen’s director Vikas Bhal, director Sajidkhan, singer Kailash Khair, actor Alok Nath are all accused by women of sexual misconduct.
Some feminists and women criticized the movement
Discussion about whether the movement is meant to inspire change in all men or just a few of them have been there. Also, what specific actions are the result of this movement.
Dalip Tahil who is a well-known personality of Indian cinema has also recorded a consent video and posted on twitter with his co-star. In that video, she is confessing that she doesn’t have any offense for the scenes acted by them in the movie.
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