As Harvey Weinstein's case concludes with the famous film producer being convicted of sexual misconduct and rape, people all over the world celebrated the verdict as a #MeToo victory. But is this the beginning or the end of the movement that encouraged women to speak up against sexual harassment and assault?
Breaking News: Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on 2 charges, including rape, after a trial in which 6 women testified in detail that he had attacked them.https://t.co/Mk9b6Gglz9— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 24, 2020
The founder of the well-known movie production company Miramax was first accused of sexual harassment, assault, and rape by a dozen women in October 2017, before prominent women in the film industry came forward and spoke up against him, sharing their own experiences with the famous producer, who was later fired from his company.
Statements made by actresses including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd detailed decades of sexual violations by Weinstein. These were later tagged under the #MeToo movement, encouraging more women to speak up about sexual assault.
The movement came to haunt many prominent men, effectively ending their careers, including the likes of Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, and Dustin Hoffman.
Online, many people expressed their relief that Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty and that he's facing charges up to 25 years in prison and expressed their support for the victims, labeling the verdict as a defining moment.
But as the case wraps up in a dramatic finale, many are saying they want it to be a precedent for accountability rather than a standalone case.
Good but still a lot of work to do, the #MeToo movement would be a success when there is real social and legal changes that protect women against abusive men in positions of power— Dani (@danielaleonsol) February 24, 2020
On social media, people praised the court's decision as a victory for the #MeToo movement and called on more women to expose men who take advantage of them, especially in the workplace.
Getting justice for the past is great. Changing culture and behavior for the future is greater. Let’s do it!— Spoke ?️? (@Wintersparv) February 24, 2020
The casting couch culture needs to end. It allows men to prey on women in their employ, as well as perpetuating the myth that women are not qualified for advancement by any other means.— Sharon (@sapw) February 24, 2020
Harvey Weinstein was one of the most important film producers in Hollywood and was celebrated by many well-known actors and actresses who credited him for their success on the silver screen. Weinstein won the Oscars for producing the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.
So all the thank you speeches to convicted Rapist Harvey Weinstein are super creepy now right, It’s not just me?— Terrence Daniels (Captain Planet) (@Terrence_STR) February 24, 2020
I am in no way saying ALL the celebs here knew what Harvey Weinstein was about but a sh*t load of them did... & that’s a huge problem ???? pic.twitter.com/H9kESXKVeY
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