Los Angeles was swarmed by the thousands as Hollywood was taken by storm by participants of a march inspired by the #MeToo Twitter campaign.
In support of victims of sexual assault and harassment, thousands of demonstrators marched through the city of Los Angeles Sunday morning, pausing in front of CNN’s headquarters and the intersection of Hollywood and Highland Avenue where personalities such as director Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, and comedian Luis C.K. have seen an end to their careers.
The #MeToo march, which will culminate in a rally at a Hollywood Boulevard intersection, follows a relentless series of accusations by men and women who say they were victimized by high-powered figures in the entertainment industry.
Tarana Burke, the woman behind Sunday’s march and the monumental “Me Too” hashtag, says that although awareness for crimes of sexual harassment has created a strong foundation for change, there’s still much left to be done.
“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing,” Burke said. “The conversation around harassment in Hollywood will broaden to include other industries if we force it to.”
Among those attending the event will be Actress Estefania Rebellee, who will emcee the event; SAG-AFTRA National board member Frances Fischer; as well as Chelsea Byers who is the chair to the Campaign to End the Statute of Limitations on Rape and Sexual Assault.
A host of activists and personalities will also participate and speak to the crowd, sharing on their experiences and those of their friends. These include media commentator Jasmyne Cannick, lead organizer Brenda Gutierrez, and activists Aleesha Barlow, Jayda Rasberry, Ivy Quicho, Samuel Lloyd, and Hussain Turk.
The recent overflow of allegations by actresses and models in Hollywood have inspired an online campaign, tagged #MeToo, that has encouraged men and women in all walks of life to reveal their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, often years after they occurred.