Alyssa Milano Launches "Me Too" Twitter Hashtag to Raise Sexual Assault Awareness
Milano wrote that she got the idea from a friend who told her such a tweet "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."
In the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Alyssa Milano is getting thousands of responses on Twitter to her request that people reply to her on the social network with "me too" if they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
Milano, 44, received "me, too" responses from Will & Grace star Debra Messing and Anna Paquin, the Oscar-winning actress from New Zealand, among numerous other stars.
Milano says on her Twitter account that she got the idea from a friend who told her such a tweet "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."
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
In another tweet that links to a blog post, Milano writes the following about film producer Harvey Weinstein: "While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein's sexual predation and abuse of power, I'm happy — ecstatic even — that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women."
#MeToo was the top trend nationwide on Twitter on Sunday night as scores of women and men replied to Milano's initial tweet. By Monday afternoon, Twitter announced that the movement had reached 500,000 tweets.
Read some of the responses below.
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
Me too— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 15, 2017
#MeToo And I want you too know, THEY will always be WRONG, but YOU can end up STRONG!— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) October 16, 2017
To all the women sharing your stories. You are not alone and we see you. #MeToo— Suki Waterhouse (@sukiwaterhouse) October 16, 2017
#MeToo - Crowded tram at Disney, sat a row behind my family. Man kept his hand on my thigh the whole ride, stroking the fine hair there. His friend looked on. Think I was 11 but scared to confirm dates of that trip with my mom, because I never told anyone. Us too. All of us.— Allison Tolman (@Allison_Tolman) October 16, 2017
Me too— Rena Sofer (@RenaSofer) October 16, 2017
me too— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) October 15, 2017
Me too— Laura Dreyfuss (@lauradreyfuss) October 15, 2017
#MeToo— Sam Donovan (@samisblond) October 16, 2017
Sexual assault affects the LGBTQ+ ppl as much as it does straight.
None of us are alone, all of us can help stop it.
Bc I thought ppl wld blame me or my sense of humor (which they DID, btw) it was scary°rading to speak out re: harassment at work. #MeToo— jenny slate (@jennyslate) October 16, 2017
It's funny. I just figured it goes without saying. #MeToo— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) October 16, 2017
Being raped once made it easier to be raped again. I instinctually shut down. My body remembered, so it protected me.— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) October 16, 2017
I disappeared. #metoo
Me too. I don’t know if means anything coming from a gay man but it’s happened. Multiple times.— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) October 15, 2017