Alyssa Milano launched the hashtag that quickly went viral this weekend
In the weeks since allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault have come forward, it’s not too dramatic to say that a revolution has kicked off. Not only have many celebrities come forward with their own stories — Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevigne, Ashley Judd, and many more — but also countless women and men who’ve participated in the now-viral campaign.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano kicked off the campaign Sunday night when she called for survivors to tweet the #MeToo hashtag to illustrate the “magnitude of the problem,” Vogue reports. The idea, Milano said, was suggested by a friend. Her tweet read: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
The movement has since gone viral, with celebrities like Debra Messing, Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, and many more tweeting “Me too,” and also their own personal thoughts and experiences. “All too pervasive…Me too.” Dawson tweeted. Hari Nef tweeted: “okay ugh hi i was sexually assaulted by a longtime friend in august. i had been broken up with the day before. i was in pain. he knew #metoo”
Evan Rachel Wood talked about how her image as a “party girl” made her feel like she couldn’t speak up.
“Because I was shamed and considered a ‘party girl’ I felt I deserved it. I shouldn’t have been there, I shouldn’t have been “bad” #metoo”
The campaign has sparked an outpouring of comments, stories and support since Alyssa Milano’s tweet Sunday afternoon. Close to 40,000 people responded to her tweet, the Chicago Tribune reported, not to mention the thousands of others sharing on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. “When we hear cases of sexual abuse, harassment, and assault play out in a public way, it gives us all extreme heartache but also, strength and fortitude,” Milano told the New York Daily News.