Sexual Assault Movement #MeToo Reaches Nearly 500,000 Tweets
Alyssa Milano on Sunday afternoon wrote on Twitter that sharing #MeToo as a social media status "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem" of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
In the nearly 24 hours since Alyssa Milano called on women to share their personal experiences with sexual harassment or sexual assault, the hashtag #MeToo has been tweeted nearly a half a million times, a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
Milano, who recently appeared in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later on Netflix, tweeted on Sunday afternoon that, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a friend suggested that writing "Me too" as a status "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." She also posted the message on Facebook.
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
Thousands of women, including Will & Grace star Debra Messing, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany and True Blood's Anna Paquin, responded by posting the phrase on Twitter or Facebook. By Sunday night, #MeToo was a top nationwide trend on Twitter.
It's likely that well above one million women and men shared the message on Twitter, but the social network currently has only measured the number of people who use the #MeToo hashtag.
Milano's original tweet has been liked more than 32,000 times and retweeted 16,000 times. The Facebook post has received 2,500 reactions, 2,000 shares and 500 comments.
See some of the Hollywood voices who have posted the phrase and are supporting the movement 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