That’s the question we have to ask with the recent announcement that the #MeToo founder and activist will be attending the Golden Globes today alongside actress Michelle Williams.
After a barragee of sexual assault and harassment allegations were brought against numerous prominent men in Hollywood, #MeToo became a trending moment on social media. But not much mention of it’s creator was made. In fact many credited actress Alyssa Milano who was seeking to give advice to women who had been abused when she tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Shortly thereafter a firestorm ignited by some women of color who noted pointedly that Burke, who is black, created Me Too, back in 2007, but had not received support over the years from prominent white feminists.
Burke herself even spoke out. “Initially I panicked,” she said. “I felt a sense of dread, because something that was part of my life’s work was going to be co-opted and taken from me and used for a purpose that I hadn’t originally intended.”
Milano has since spoken about Burke in interviews and has championed her work helping to bring her the shine she so deserves.
Now, Burke, and 7 other activist women will attend the 75th Golden Globes ceremony alongside A-list actresses including Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Shailene Woodley.
In a joint statement, the eight activists said they hoped that by attending the Golden Globes, they would redirect attention from abusers to survivors and lasting solutions.
“We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work,” the women said. “It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.”
The move is part of a widening effort by prominent Hollywood women, who formed the umbrella group Time’s Up, to extend the focus on sexual harassment to women marginalized because of class, sexuality, ethnicity or race.
Here’s who you’ll see on the red carpet:
— Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #MeToo movement, will attend with Williams, a nominee for her performance in “All the Money in the World.”
— Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a British network of organizations working to end violence against black and minority women, will be Watson’s guest.
— Rosa Clemente, a community organizer focused on political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence, and who also ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket in 2008, will attend with Sarandon, a nominee for “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
— Ai-jen Poo, who organizes immigrant worker women and is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will be with Streep, who is nominated for her performance in “The Post.”
— Mónica Ramírez, who fights sexual violence against farmworkers and pushes for Latina empowerment, will be the guest of Dern, a nominee for her performance in “Big Little Lies.”
— Calina Lawrence, a Suquamish Tribe member, singer and activist for, among other causes, Native American treaty and water rights, will be going with Woodley.
— Saru Jayaraman, a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers, will be Poehler’s guest.
— Billie Jean King, the tennis champion who founded the Women’s Tennis Association, will accompany Stone, who is up for a Globe for her portrayal of Ms. King in the film “Battle of the Sexes.”