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Arguably the biggest thing that came from Hollywood this year wasn’t a movie or a TV show. It had heroines and villains but no script. And it went viral despite having no big publicity machinery behind it. The women who initially spoke out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood this fall — inspiring millions to tell their own stories of harassment and illegality on social media — have been named the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year, voted by members of the news cooperative and AP entertainment reporters.
The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that has stretched across the country to fell prominent TV figures, chefs, journalists, entertainers, politicians and publishers was also named the top news story of 2017 in an AP poll.
The reckoning began in early October when a bombshell New York Times article revealed decades of sexual harassment against women — employees and actresses, including actress Ashley Judd — by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The New Yorker also revealed other allegations against Weinstein.
Within days, a #MeToo movement was born, and the allegations have been felt from the venerable Today show with the ousting of Matt Lauer to the film All the Money in the World, from which Kevin Spacey was erased. Louis C.K. was abandoned by Netflix, FX and HBO, and his new movie was cut just days before its premiere.
The accusations have reverberated into the kitchens of chef Mario Batali; at PBS, where Tavis Smiley was dropped; and at NPR, which cut ties with Charlie Rose. It reached into New York’s esteemed Metropolitan Opera, where longtime conductor James Levine was suspended, and into the Def Jam empire from which Russell Simmons stepped down. The allegations also knocked a senator from Congress, with Al Franken resigning.
Others who received votes this year for Entertainer of the Year were Jimmy Kimmel, Gal Gadot, Kendrick Lamar and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, among others.
Previous AP Entertainer of the Year winners have included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey and Betty White.
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