#MeToo: Two Years On
From the archive
This event last happened on 15 October 2019
On October 15th 2017, Alyssa Milano tweeted: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet”. Within 24 hours Milano’s tweet had been retweeted more than 500,000 times. It became the hashtag that launched a myriad of hashtags and the tweet that would end the careers of some of the most powerful and formidable men in the film industry. What was once casually referred to as ‘the casting couch’ became an international movement against sexual misconduct.
The original purpose of "Me Too" set out by Tarana Burke in 2006 was to ‘empower women through empathy’; however, the hashtag movement has been plagued by accusations of a witch hunt and claims that it has ‘gone too far’.
Join Dr Emmie McFadden to mark the two-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement by exploring the place of the international film community in one of the most prominent social justice movements of the 21st century.
Talk takes place in Showroom 5. All tickets £4.50