Actors push for reform



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Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief

The Golden Globes took place on Jan. 7, with the majority of actors and actresses dressing in black to show that there is not a place for inequality and sexual harassment and that they will fight it in more than just the entertainment sector.

This action was planned by the women behind Time’s Up. Boycotting was considered, but many were nominated for awards and wanted to support their peers. There were three or more actresses that did not wear black, all garnering media attention.

“We’re saying (in wearing black) that we are three-dimensional, fully realized human beings as women. We are participants in this entertainment industry, and we have something to say,” said actress Kerry Washington, according to “LA Times.”

However, some see the action as fake, claiming that some of the more powerful actors and actresses had to have known that the accused were committing these crimes. There was also some shaming online toward at least three women who chose not to wear black.

With hundreds of allegations coming out since Harvey Weinstein, few have been investigated thoroughly and tried in court. Sexual misconduct reports, like any crime, take time to produce evidence for a trial or conviction. Media controls the outpouring of allegations.

“With the enormity of issues presented and forced upon us by our generation’s being the heir of an increasing issue based politic, it is impossible to keep up with them all — or, indeed, any,” said Andrew Han, 11.

The blackout at the Golden Globes was far from the last move for Time’s Up, as they plan to work to improve laws, advocate for equality, and push to continue breaking the silence with giving respect to allegations.

Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan and PR professionals worked to create Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is run by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) to provide assistance to harassment accusers. Lawyers sign up on the website, promising to give pro bono assistance to the victims.

Over 300 women signed the letter of solidarity on Time’s Up homepage, including many high-profile actors and producers like Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes. The letter pledges support and continued protest for all those who have been victimized.

“This effort is not just to support women in Hollywood, but others in need – the factory worker, the waitress, the teacher, the office worker, and others subjected to this unacceptable behavior,” according to NWLC.

The Time’s Up movement advocates for people to ask themselves how they can question policies and create change for equality. Also, its goal keeps in mind the continual progress to reach equal gender representation in all job sectors, conference rooms, etc.

Time is up on inequality of genders, and the silence in the wake of harassment and misconduct. Time’s Up pushes to not only break the silence but to end the omnipresence of unwanted sexual advances.

“Earning a living should not come at the cost of anyone’s safety, dignity or morale. Every person should get to work in an environment free from abuse, assault and discrimination,” Rhimes said, according to “PR Newswire.”

Hollywood was rocked by outrage over how actor Mark Wahlberg was paid 1,000 times the amount his female co-star Michelle Williams was paid for re-shooting scenes in their movie, “All the Money In The World.”

  Williams made one percent of what Wahlberg did. Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million, with William’s pay less than $1,000. The scenes were reshot to get rid of sexual harasser Kevin Spacey.