As more revelations about Harvey Weinstein's despicable behavior come to light, many are finding themselves wondering, what's next? Sure, he has been pushed from power after so many brave actresses came forward to speak out, but will these situations in Hollywood finally end?
Let's face it, this is only the first step in changing an industry riddled with men abusing their power against women for ages. As women in Hollywood take back their voices, we also need to look to the other half of the industry to fight back — we need male allies in this battle. The ripple effect is already starting and it is pointing in the right direction.
#ChanningTatum, one of the most prominent actors in Hollywood, has admirably pulled his upcoming film project with the Weinstein Company — titled Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock — due to the allegations against both Weinstein brothers. Tatum took to social media to release a statement regarding his decision:
"The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in. Our lone project in development with TWC — Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock — is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse. While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out — let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."
The film would have been the directorial debut from Tatum, but he now has his eyes set on a much more meaningful crusade: becoming a male ally for his Hollywood colleagues. Sure, it is easy for the rest of the industry to condemn the harassment and abuse, but more needs to be done. Dissociating yourself from relationships with the abusers — and there are sadly more than just Weinstein — is a big step, but pledging to create real change is just as imperative. Believing the victims, cutting ties with the accused, or even donating to charities aimed at supporting survivors are vital actions.
Likewise, rather than just share his disgust, Ryan Gosling has also vowed to take action:
Benedict Cumberbatch, who has worked with Weinstein, released a statement to Metro UK regarding the "horrifying and unforgivable actions":
"[W]e shouldn’t wait until there are any more stories like this. We, as an industry and as a society at large need to play our part. There has to be zero tolerance of any such behaviour in any walk of life. We owe that to these woman’s bravery in coming forward."
Without male celebrities taking a stance against the abuse alongside their female colleagues, the hostile environment will remain the norm. This doesn't just go for the entertainment industry; this is happening all around us. Without men fighting alongside women, we are setting a dangerous precedent for current and future generations.
Celebrities might have a larger audience, but that doesn't mean you can't make a difference. Whether male or female, there is more work to be done and we are hopefully on the right path together.
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