#YouToo have seen #MeToo.
Stories of sexual harassment and assault have dominated the cultural conversation for the past week. Hundreds of thousands of women have taken to social media to share that they have been harassed or assaulted by men. Celebrities have used their platforms to hold men accountable for offenses ranging from casual comments to rape.
Activist Tarana Burke first created the campaign a decade ago to create empathy among survivors. The hashtag exploded last week when actor Alyssa Milano encouraged people to tweet experiences following the sexual assault allegations against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
Inside are excerpts from recent celebrity statements. They spoke on Twitter, Instagram, in interviews, in essays. Several made statements at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event. Some used the hashtag. Some didn’t. Some gave specifics. Some didn’t. More are sure to come.
I saw #MeToo and my arm went numb. I thought it was all about me, and when I realized literally hundreds of thousands of people, men and women, (were) talking about being a part of this unfortunate club … it just rips your heart out.
— Gabrielle Union
Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry.
— Hilarie Burton
I saw a post about how important it is that men stand up to abusers by a man that I once witnessed assaulting his girlfriend.
— Kimya Dawson
At a time when I was trying to figure out what it meant to become a sexually viable young woman, at every turn some older guy tried to help speed up the process.
— Molly Ringwald
I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly. I have found it hard to sleep. So many feelings — anxiety about being honest, guilt for not speaking up, disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was only 16, anger that I was made to feel that silence was a condition of my employment. I wish I could tell you that it was only one incident.
— Reese Witherspoon
We all stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.
— Jennifer Lawrence
I had a producer spank me as I walked past him in a hallway. I didn’t speak up, because I was worried that I might be made un-hireable by dissenting.
— Jessica Chastain
For all these women, women like me and many others, that protection of our womenhood isn’t enough, because we’re not only women. We’re black. We’re brown. We are native. We are Asian. We are Muslim. We are queer. We are many things that deserve safe spaces and protection. We can take this moment and enter in with focus.
— Ava DuVernay
#MeToo. I was 14, he was 36. I may be Deaf, but silence is the last thing you will ever hear from me.
— Marlee Matlin
I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man.
— America Ferrara
The list so far
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Isa Dick Hackett
Anika Noni Rose
Tegan and Sara
Evan Rachel Wood