DEANNE: Media is a powerful tool and platform to really heighten awareness about what isn’t right. We can’t let this keep happening. We have to stop them. It needs to stop. That is the meaning of dignity and honoring yourself.
MELISSA: Yes, dignity and self-respect. That is what women in Hollywood are fighting for.
After the #MeToo movement took the internet by storm in 2017, women are coming together again to end sexual harassment in the workplace now.
300 women including actors, directors, writers, agents, and producers from Hollywood created an anti-harassment action plan called “Time’s Up” for their industry and outside Hollywood as well. They stated in an open letter, “The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time's up on this impenetrable monopoly.”
They started a legal defense fund, which is nearly $14 million in donations, to help women report sexual harassment and misconduct and protect themselves. They are also pushing for it to turn into law to punish companies that tolerate harassment.
We reached out to actor Deanne Bray to share her thoughts and personal experience.
DEANNE: When I saw all those names of men that I knew and actors I admired. I was like, really? These incidents happened 20-30 years ago and karma came back to bite them. The truth was exposed for all to see.
My father was involved in a union.
Local 728 meaning he worked with the set lights. And he worked, Local 44, I think that meant, special effects technician or something to that extent. He worked for many years. One day, he was setting up for a shoot and I was walking around and I saw a male actor chatting with three women. He invited me to join them and talk. I went over and worked hard on lipreading and understanding them while they laughed and talked. My father came over and asked to talk to me in private. He told me, “That actor, he is not a nice guy. Don’t let him butter you up.” I, later realized he meant, don’t let him sway you and take advantage of you. Score, ya know?
MELISSA: Thanks, Deanne. Here’s what happened next. The women decided to stand in unity at the 2018 Golden Globes by wearing all black. They wanted to speak out against sexual harassment and raise awareness. What are your thoughts about this?