Weinstein, women and sexual harassment: #MeToo trends big time

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This file photo shows British model and actress Cara Delevingne posing for a photograph in London. Cara Delevingne on October 11, 2017 accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of propositioning her and attempting to kiss her after a meeting about an upcoming film. AFP photo

Eleven thousand retweets in just 12 hours – that is what happens when activism and social media come together.

In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault episode, the hashtag #MeToo became the number one trend on Twitter within half a day.

American actress and activist Alyssa Milano late on Sunday started a campaign nudging women on Twitter to share with the world if they have ever been sexually assaulted, by simply writing Me Too in their status.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Soon a flood of likes, retweets and posts followed, with thousands of women — and many men — either just writing Me Too on Twitter or using the hashtag #MeToo while sharing their perspective on the matter.

Most women participating in the campaign seemed thoroughly impressed by it, while a few also voiced concerns over having to share personal stories in order to avoid harassment.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has come under fire from all quarters after several actresses who worked with him recently came out with stories of having been sexually assaulted or harassed by him.

Woody Allen called the Oscar-winning producer a sad, sick man and French President Emanuel Macron has stated that he will do his best to strip Weinstein of the Legion of Honour, the highest merit awarded by France, which the filmmaker had received in 2012 from then president Nicholas Sarkozy.

Here’s a string of hand-picked tweets from the campaign: