If you’ve seen “Me Too” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you’re seeing part of a social media campaign drawing attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
“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,” actress Alyssa Milano wrote on Sunday evening.
Since then, more than 6 million Facebook users reacted, and the hashtag was a Twitter trend. The phrase may have stemmed from Women Who Roar, when actress Rose McGowen’s twitter account was temporarily locked during her tweetstorm against film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Milano said in a tweet that she was pleased the fallout over the accusations against Weinstein had “opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women.”
Weinstein, a prominent Hollywood producer known for a string of Oscar-winning films, is accused of sexually harassing scores of women over several decades. A growing number of famous actresses – among them Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie – have described inappropriately sexual behavior by Weinstein, who this weekend was stripped of his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this weekend.