‘Time’s Up’ campaign makes powerful statement

As the clock was approaching midnight on Dec. 31, 2017, it wasn’t only counting down the final moments of the year. It was running out the clock on tolerating sexual harassment and misconduct in our society.

According to Mic, on the first day of 2018, “three hundred well-known actresses and women talent agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives” unveiled their “Time’s Up” campaign, an initiative to not only combat rampant sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry but in workplaces society at large and for those across the socioeconomic spectrum.

An open letter announcing the movement described it this way:

“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly.”

The movement is not fronted by one specific leader, reports Mic, but instead is “being led by a broad coalition of famous Hollywood women,” such as actors America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Kerry Washington, as well as showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway, and will feature “a series of working groups led by women to combat harassment in different areas.”

As for the specifics of the initiative, Mic cites a few of their plans as reported by The New York Times, which includes the following action items:

• A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

• Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.

• A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.

 

Male actors to don black at Globes

With female actors planning on wearing black to the Golden Globes this year to protest sexual misconduct and gender inequality in the entertainment industry, their male counterparts are joining in their support.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ilaria Urbinanti, a celebrity stylist, “confirmed that at least some of the gents attending the big event will also be donning black in solidarity with their female colleagues.”

Urbinanti took to Instagram to share that some of Hollywood’s leading men will wear all black, says EW, or at least all of the men she styles will be taking part in the movement — men such as The Rock, as well as Tom Hiddleston and Armie Hammer.

With women’s voices finally getting the attention and support they deserve, perhaps Urbinanti summed it up best when she wrote, “Safe to say this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out here… just sayin…”

Munn motions for end to sexual assault

With sexual misconduct at the fore of public discussion, Olivia Munn is keeping the conversation going with a brand-new essay she penned for Entertainment Weekly.

Following her own tale of being on the receiving end of sexual harassment, Glamour says the actor wrote an essay identifying the ways in which our culture must shift in order to prevent abuses of power and further sexual misconduct, starting by pointing out the root of such actions:

“In our world today—and it’s not just Hollywood, it’s the same for girls and women all over the world who have survived sexual abuse and/or harassment—abusers don’t usually get in trouble unless the victim is broken first, because the violating act alone is not damaging enough to spark society’s outrage. It’s a marathon towards self-destruction in order to gain credibility and a vicious circle of victim-blaming. When people ask how these men in powerful positions were able to hurt so many people for so many years, I look to the people at the top and ask those questions.”

Calling the issue not a women’s issue but “an abuse-of-power issue,” Glamour says Munn offered that nothing in our culture can be changed until we change the core of our institutions that breed sweeping male hegemony.

“…Until we eradicate the diseased roots of our infrastructure and make foundational, systemic changes, nothing will change,” she wrote. “We should create a zero-tolerance policy with actionable consequences for sexual assault and any other forms of abuse. Heads of studios, bosses, and CEOs should enforce equal pay because continuing to pay us less perpetuates a bias that women are inferior.”

Concluding her essay, Glamour says Munn asked that those in positions of power go against the system and work to create an inclusive and safe environment for women to grow, succeed and thrive, because after all, “We’re strong. We’re not afraid to call each other out—and we’re not afraid to call you out anymore either.”

Amen to that!

Read the full essay here.

Apatow gets real on sexual harassment

Sometimes, all it takes is one person to point out the obvious. In this case, that person was Hollywood director Judd Apatow.

According to HuffPost, when Apatow appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last week, he took a moment to address the reaction to recent Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals, offering that men’s response to such cases shouldn’t hinge on whether or not they know women personally.

“My instinct is always to say the thing they say, ‘Don’t say.’ Which is … it concerns me, as a father of two daughters,” he said. “It concerns me. But you shouldn’t have to have daughters to get that it’s disgusting.”

Putting his remarks into further — and funnier — context, HuffPost says he broke it down this way: “You should be able to say as the owner of a bird, I’m disgusted. Everybody should be disgusted. It’s horrible.”

But Apatow didn’t just make sure that everyone knows that sexual harassment is objectively wrong no matter how many women men may have in their lives; HuffPost says he also gave a bit of advice on how to avoid being a ‘harasser.’

“It’s so easy to not be a sexual harasser…You just literally do nothing. You do nothing.”

Streep seeking to end sexism in Hollywood

Sexism is everywhere: in corporate America, in schools and in sports. But according to Meryl Streep, it doesn’t have to exist in Hollywood any longer.

That’s why she’s teaming up with her fellow actors to change the culture in the movie capital of the world and forge a level playing field for all. Glamour reports that at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Streep told Gloria Steinem that she’s working with other actresses to stamp out sexual harassment and lead the charge in creating an environment of equality.

“Right now I’m getting together with a bunch of actresses that you know very well, and we’re all sort of going to make a set of nonnegotiable demands,” she said. “We’re after 50-50 by 2020.”

Spurred to create change by the numerous allegations against former film producer Harvey WeinsteinGlamour says Streep sees him as the most egregious case of the sexism that exists in Hollywood and beyond.

“The thing about Harvey Weinstein is that he is sort of the most gargantuan example of a kind of disrespect that permeates every industry, every enterprise,” Streep said, according to Glamour. “I’m not sure why. I have a lot of theories — maybe it’s in response to the women’s movement. Maybe it’s in fear of the women movement. But these abuses are about dominance.”

And changing that notion of dominance starts with lifting more women into high-ranking positions of power, says Streep, who thinks that “it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and been tolerated.”

Offering a suggestion for every industry, Glamour said Streep summed up her argument by urging employers — and white men in power — to hire beyond their own ‘type’ to increase not only the diversity of employees, but also diversity of thought.

“White hires white. A guy who wears his baseball cap backward hires a guy who wears his baseball cap backward,” she said. “So we have to encourage the people who are currently in power, who are of one gender, to open the door.”

 

 

Netflix show to continue with Wright as star

Netflix hit House of Cards may be coming to an end, it won’t be going out without a bang.

Now that Kevin Spacey has been fired after several sexual misconduct allegationsHuffPost reports that the show will conclude with a brand-new president: Claire Underwood. That’s right — co-star Robin Wright will be ‘inaugurated’ as the show’s new president for it’s sixth and final season, says HuffPost, conveniently fulfilling the promise her character made at the end of the fifth season when she said it’s “my turn.”

Confirming the new madam president, HuffPost reports Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the move is “really exciting” and one that will offer “closure of the show for fans.”

That “closure,” however, will come in the form of an eight-episode season, says HuffPost, as opposed to the previous season’s 13 episodes.

Bell becomes first host of SAG Awards

There’s a first for everything, and the first for the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards is about to happen.

According to Entertainment Weeklythe Guild announced that their 24th annual awards show would have its first-ever host, tapping Kristen Bell for the job that also “marks the first time the telecast will air with a live emcee since its inaugural program in 1995.”

To commemorate the occasion, EW says Bell took to social media to share the news — and to poke some fun at herself in the process.

“I’ve been asked to host the SAG Awards this year, which means, to all my friends who’ve been nominated, I get to choose who wins!” she said in the video, according to EW. When someone off-camera tells that’s not the case, she responded, “That’s not how it works? Then what am I doing? Like, Anne Hathaway and James Franco did? I’m doing that? Why, did I lose a bet?”

Looks like Bell is already going to make a great host with her quick supply of jokes! Get ready to catch her in action when the SAG Awards are live at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.