Focus was back on the film industry last week, with Roman Polanski negating the importance of the #MeToo movement, branding it 'mass hysteria', and one of SA's directors called out on sexual misconduct allegations. Pledge to stand with Sisters Working in Film and TV (Swift)'s #ThatsNotOK.
Screengrab from the #ThatsNotOK PSA.
Piers Morgan commented sarcastically at the time of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeaux’ 'joke taken out of context' comments about #Peoplekind a few weeks ago, by saying: “Mankind ended last night.”
Though the Trudeaux incident was hardly hardcore, there’s been a flood of incidents worldwide that have left females wondering about the male mindset. It’s closer to home than ever before, as Variety now reports that South African film and TV director Khalo Matabane has allegedly been accused of sexual misconduct by at least half a dozen women.
Over the weekend, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women to tweet the hashtag #MeToo if they had ever been sexually harassed, assaulted, or abused - and by Tuesday morning it was trending in the top spot in South Africa...
But it doesn’t stop there. The global ramifications keep coming. In an article he opened with: “Sometimes, real life is beyond parody,” Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail that he thought the below had been tweeted by a satirical site like The Onion, if not misquoted, or misleadingly paraphrased. It wasn’t.
Time reveals that Polanski made the comment to Newsweek Polska, “in an interview [published last week and] given just days before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his nearly 50-year membership, citing a case in 1977 in which he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.”
It’s fitting that Time reported this, as Time made the #MeToo ‘silence breakers’ its Person of the Year for 2017.
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In the interview, Polanski said:
Everyone is trying to sign up to #MeToo ‘chiefly out of fear’ and compared it to North Korea’s public mourning for its leaders that is so intensive that 'you can’t stop laughing.' He did not explain further.
#MeToo is hardly hysteria. Instead, it’s about standing up and saying "that's not OK" - whether this is happening to you or someone you know.
Last year’s study conducted by industry body Sisters Working in Film and Television (Swift) revealed that up to two-thirds of women working in the South African film and TV industries claim to have reported ‘some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.’
Swift started a gender department to offer pro bono legal advice to women reporting sexual abuse and also launched the #ThatsNotOK campaign at the time, together with a series of short video public service announcements portraying real-life incidents from the poll.
Seems it’s time to reshare the PSA created with Actor Spaces:
It’s time for the #TimesUp movement to extend to all reaches of the industry. We need to all take a stand and say #ThatsNotOK.
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Leigh Andrews (@leigh_andrews) is Editor-in-Chief: Marketing & Media at Bizcommunity.com and one of our Lifestyle contributors. She is passionate about issues of inclusion, equality and diversity, the only SA finalist shortlisted for the Women in Marketing #WIMawards2017, and can be reached at ...
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