Celebs BOYCOTT Twitter & Here’s Why
Celebrities join WomenBoycottTwitter protest
Several celebrities joined the #WomenBoycotTwitter protest on Friday. Dimitrios Kambouris / Matt Winkelmeyer / John Sciulli / Getty
The INSIDER Summary:
- Rose McGowan's Twitter account was temporarily suspended for what many suspected to be her comments regarding Ben Affleck and Harvey Weinstein.
- Twitter reinstated her account later that day, claiming it was locked because one tweet included a private phone number.
- The temporary suspension sparked a conversation about Twitter's terms of services and started the protest.
- Many celebrities have joined the protest on Friday to support not only the actress, but others who have been silenced after coming forward to report sexual harassment and assault.
- Some users, however, missed the point of the protest, further proving the importance of the boycott.
Ever since reports of Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing and assaulting women surfaced, many in Hollywood have come forward to share their stories and speak out against a behavior that has plagued the industry for years. One actress — Rose McGowan — has been especially vocal.
McGowan's Twitter account was suspended on Thursday following a series of tweets about Weinstein and co-star Ben Affleck, who she accused of lying about covering up Weinstein 's behavior.
Though Twitter reinstated the actress's account later that day, claiming her account was locked because one tweet included a private phone number, the temporary suspension sparked a conversation about Twitter's terms of services and started the protest.
On Friday, women around the world are boycotting Twitter to show support for McGowan and others who have been silenced in their efforts to expose sexual harassment. Many of whom are McGowan's Hollywood peers.
Sarah Paulson and Amber Tamblyn were some of the first to go off the grid this morning.
Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, and more followed suit.
McGowan's "Charmed" costar Alyssa Milano was one of many to show support.
Director Ava Duvernay also joined the protest, but was quick to point out that we need to support all women — not just cis-gender white women. Similarly, Twitter user @AngryBlackLady pointed out that many women of color were not participating in the protest and instead, "amplifying the WoC voices."
Chrissy Teigen also showed her support and shared the reason behind her involvement.
Unfortunately for Teigen, and several others participating in the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, people responded to her tweets with crude comments that in some cases border on harassment. One user asked Teigen if she was "a fan of a good butt spanking."
Of course, that user won't be suspended for their comment. Just like how, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 994 out of 1,000 perpetrators in reported rape cases walk free.
This protest may not completely change how society handles and approaches cases of sexual assault and harassment, but it's forcing people to have a conversation. And that's a start.
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