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Celebrities continue to join the Me Too movement

Claudia Huggins, Managing Editor

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“Me too!” Two words that mean a great deal to some, and even more to others. The statement’s origin, being exactly when it began, is hazy. However, according to the New York Times and several other sources, the woman that is credited with creating the movement is Tarana Burke.

Burke’s passion to be an American civil rights activist dates all the way back to 1997, specifically to one day. Burke sat across from a 13-year-old as the young girl told a the story of her sexual assault, sparking Burke’s passion to help prevent sexual harassment and assault.

Ten years later, Burke founded Just Be Inc., a non profit organization created to aid those who were victims of sexual harassment or assault. Thus came the name of this movement: Me Too.

Since then, many celebrities, both men and women, have been active participants in publicizing and supporting the tag. Actress Alyssa Milano was one of the first to share the hashtag. Her sharings began after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein received accusations of sexual harassment and assault.

Thousands of celebrities have come out within the past year, ranging from personal stories from their childhood, to just the tag, #MeToo, without another word.

A lot of talk has also been centered around the award shows that come every year for Hollywood actors, actresses, singers, musicians, producers, writers, etc. At the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, the attire of almost every person attending the event was black, in support of sexual harassment and/or assault victims.

At the Grammy’s on Jan. 28, attendees wore the regular gowns and suits they would, but also brought along a white rose to show their support.

At the Golden Globes, many also chose to bring along an activist, whether it be for sexual assault or something else, furthering their support.

Burke herself attended the Golden Globes beside actress Michelle Williams.

“I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world, but I think the work that Tarana has done and the work that I’m learning how to do — we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world,” Williams said.

As sexual harassment and assault victims are gaining the courage to speak out, the light on this issue is quickly becoming brighter. The Me Too movement has not only given a voice to those who didn’t think they had one, but has also aided victims with the realization that they are not alone.

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