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Hollywood Survey Finds Employees Still Face Harassment 5 Years After #MeToo

A survey taken by professionals in the film and television industry finds that employees still face harassment five years after the #MeToo Movement. The movement was a watershed moment in pop culture spurred on by two New York Times reporters, Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who helped expose producer Harvey Weinstein of the decades of sexual and psychological abuse he perpetrated against women in the industry. Ultimately this led to Weinstein’s indictment on 11 sexual assault charges and a 23-year prison sentence.

The #MeToo movement encouraged women and men to come forward with allegations against others in the industry who have sexually harassed or abused them. Often the abusers were powerful enough to be protected by studios willing to sweep their behavior under the rug, settle with victims out of court, or were enabled by other systems of complicity surrounding them, using assistants and other employees to help minimize or hide their actions. Many high-profile people have been called out in the wake of the movement, like Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Armie Hammer, and Bryan Singer. However, #MeToo was not exclusive to the film industry, with allegations against authors, musicians, politicians, news anchors, athletes, and the President of the United States. The movement has also created an unfortunate backlash, with embattled celebrities like Johnny Depp deriding the rise of “cancel culture” and claiming that anyone can be accused, despite the validity of the accusations.

A new survey by the advocacy group Women in Film was conducted to see how and if harassment has changed in the industry five years since #MeToo. According to THR, the survey found that 70 percent of respondents found the culture around abuse, harassment, and misconduct has “improved somewhat.” Sixty-nine percent of respondents reported personally experiencing abuse or misconduct in the last five years, and 30.9 percent said misconduct or abuse happened to someone they know. The survey was conducted among current and former industry employees, and the responses were predominantly from women. 29 percent of respondents identified as people of color, and 55 percent said they experienced misconduct or abuse in the last five years.

Despite Little Change, #MeToo Is Still Critical

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