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#TimesUp for Sexual Harassment

Aman Bajwa, World and U.S. News and Politics

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The Golden Globes on Sunday night, January 7th, were the first major awards ceremony to be held since the sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein were revealed. The scandal that has shaken the entertainment industry, and dozens of industries after, was on everyone’s mind. According to the New York Times, “you could almost draw a direct line from #MeToo and Time’s Up (the anti-harassment initiative sponsored by powerful Hollywood women) to many of the evening’s most memorable moments — like Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech and Natalie Portman’s presenting of best director. Her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award brought the house down and then some, not just as the most rousing speech of the night (among many calls to arms) but also as the instantly iconic address of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements”. This year’s Golden Globes was unlike any other award ceremonies. The year’s top movies and television were not the only things celebrated as the night became about celebrating the women who have been empowered to speak out about sexual harassment and their contributions to modern society. Students and teachers at Rodriguez High tuned into the ceremony, too, and had many things to add about their own experience with the night and with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

RHS English teacher Ms. Gagnon watched the Golden Globes and remarked that to her, “the #Times Up movement is about letting society know that sexual harassment and and sexual misconduct is not going to be tolerated anymore. We’re not going to ignore it and it’s time to put an end to it throughout society.” RHS Sophomore John Calonia agreed, claiming that the movement is “also about acknowledging that women all over the world in all workplaces experience this kind of unacceptable behavior”. When expressing their personal most impactful moments of the night, Ms. Gagnon shared a similar sentiment with audiences across the world: the power and brilliance of Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award. She also expressed that “Natalie Portman acknowledging the lack of female directors being recognized was also impactful”.

One of the most obvious ways in which this Golden Globes ceremony also differed from all others is the lack of color in the room as women and men alike chose to wear black in honor of the #TimesUp movement, showing solidarity in the fight against sexual harassment. Sophomore John Calonia claimed “seeing everyone wearing black helped prove that this is not just a movement but that actual action is taking place” and Ms. Gagnon agreed, noticing that the actresses who started the movement brought gender activists as their dates this year. Ms. Gagnon’s remark that “the actresses bringing activists to the Golden Globes proved that people are actually taking the steps to end these injustices” helps remind audiences that the journey to end sexual harassment in contemporary society is far from over. Despite the long road ahead, this year’s Golden Globes is definite progress towards making all workplaces, and society as a whole, a safer, more equal place.

 

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