As expected to happen the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements took the stage during the Oscars with representatives Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, and Annabella Sciorra; all women who blew the lid off of Harvey Weinstein’s nefarious behavior.
Sciorra, who has been absent from Hollywood after her alleged encounter with Weinstein, started the segment, “It’s nice to see you all again, it’s been a while. It’s an honor to be here tonight. This year, many spoke their truth and the journey ahead is long, but slowly a new path has emerged.”
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“We salute the unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the biased perceptions against their gender, their race, their ethnicity to tell their stories,” added Hayek.
“The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying Time’s Up,” said Judd. “And we were together to make sure that the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality. That is what this year has promised us.”
Via Vanity Fair: The trio concluded by asking the Oscars audience to “take a look at some of these trailblazers,” with a video package featuring the likes of Geena Davis and Mira Sorvino, who reminded viewers that sexual assault and inequality affect “every walk of life.”
Earlier, on the Oscars red carpet, Sorvino—another Weinstein accuser, who walked the carpet with Judd as her date—told Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith, “I want people to know that this movement isn’t stopping. We’re going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women . . . We want to take our activism and our power into action, and change things for EVERY woman.”
Sorvino is right on the idea of turning the movement into action. However, after witnessing the type of action these starlets have formulated to ensure the safety of women worldwide is greatly lacking in real change.
To directly influence anyone’s safety, a knowledge of self-defense is necessary. Regis Giles, owner of Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, understands this and has recently published a book titled How to not be a #MeToo Victim, but a #Warrior Chick which is aimed to directing women towards real empowerment.