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New Hashtag Sheds Light On Sexual Misconduct In Hollywood

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Jason Hofmann, Staff Writer

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The sexual assault allegations against American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, sparked many other women in Hollywood, and other females, to talk about their encounters of sexual harassment in the past by famous actors, directors, and other celebrities by creating a hashtag called #Metoo. The phrase was first used by social activists, Tarana Burke, but the phrase was popularized by actress Alyssa Milano. Milano encouraged women to tweet it in order to publicize their experiences of their own sexual misconduct stories to demonstrate the widespread nature of misogynistic behavior. However, some people had criticized the use of the hashtag because it’s publicizing stories of sexual assault by female victims, which can be re-traumatizing. Even the creator of it, Tarana Burke, had criticized the use of the hashtag for ignoring the work of black women in creating dialogue addressing sexual assault. However, she did salute the members in the movement and credited Milano for acknowledging Burke’s own similar movement. This movement can cause the victims to be more opened and talk about their issue, but it can also easily accused any male celebrity for sexual misconduct even though they are innocent.

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