Forum Thread

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal and the "Me Too" Movement

Reply to ThreadDisplaying 1 Posts
  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        

    It didn't come as much of a surprise when the Harvey Weinstein stories broke. It's no question at this point that people knew what was going on for years, but no one wanted to speak out on it. Weinstein ruled Hollywood. And when you're the ruler of a kingdom, it doesn't matter what anyone says about you. What matters is that they either respect, or unfortunately in this case, fear you. After 84 women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, both Hollywood and the rest of the world exploded with people finally telling their own stories.

    And now fast forward to the present day and what we have is the "#MeToo" movement via social media. I won't get into it too much, but it's basically a way to speak out about your own stories on the topics of sexual harassment. Some say this is a bad way to go about it. Some say this is the only way to go about it. And some say "if you have a story go to the police, not the media". And I suppose a little bit of each view is correct. Either way, these stories need to be heard and people need to be held accountable for their actions. Help should always be there for any person in need.

    But as with any movement, especially one filtered through social media, there are a few that use it as an opportunity to attack people instead of progress what the movement is supposed to represent. Now, I will not say my opinion on who is right or wrong, as that is not for civilians (without any proof) to decide. But what I will say is that this country has due process. When you plaster someones name on social media with these types of allegations, true or not, it can ultimately ruin their lives. Unfortunately, some see this as an opportunity to do just that.

    So what's your opinion on the movement? Do you think it should be done via social media? I don't really see another way that hasn't already failed victims for years. It truly is a great outlet. But how can the story be told without ruining the person's life before due process has been upheld?

    Here is a perfect example of what I'm referring to. This was done beautifully.