Tag: MeToo

Vanessa Tyson, Who Accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault, Calls Sexual Violence an ‘Epidemic’ at #MeToo Event

Vanessa TysonPhoto: Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS Nearly a week after releasing a statement in which she accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her, Vanessa Tyson spoke Tuesday night at a Stanford University symposium that addressed sexual violence. Tyson did not directly address the allegations against Fairfax, […]

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The Ongoing Assault Against Jasmine Eiland Proves How Hard Society Goes in Hating Black Women 

Photo: iStock (Editor’s note: The following article includes a description of a sexual assault and may be triggering to some. Please safeguard yourself accordingly.) On January 20, a woman was sexually violated—and at least 800,000 eyes watched. Nearly as many were callous in sharing the grim details of her assault, captured for all to see […]

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Vanessa Tyson Told Colleagues About Her Sexual Assault Allegation Against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax 

Dr. Vanessa TysonPhoto: Scripps College (AP Photo) The sexual assault allegations Dr. Vanessa Tyson has lodged against Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have become a hot topic as the situation has devolved into a most unfortunate game of “he said, she said.” In the midst of that, people have stepped forward to confirm that Tyson […]

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Past, Present & Purpose: Tarana Burke Is Bringing the Power of Empathy to the 2019 MAKERS Conference

MAKERS/YouTube “I practiced deeply listening to little black girls when they told me the truth about their lives,” Tarana Burke says in a short video teasing her appearance at the 2019 MAKERS conference. “The idea that somebody who you look up to believes you—that’s a very small thing to ask.” Burke has made validating the […]

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Google Is Struggling to Remake Itself for the #MeToo Era

As in so many cases of sexual harassment, it was not the incident that sparked the most outrage, but the employer’s response. 
 In 2012, Andy Rubin, the Google executive who developed the Android operating systems, started dating a woman who worked for him. By 2013, she wanted to end the affair. When she agreed […]

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Accused Rapist Bryan Singer Could Make Over $40M for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Left: Bryan Singer, photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic via Getty. Right: Rami Malek in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ photo by Nick Delaney, © 20th Century Fox On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that despite being fired from Bohemian Rhapsody, director Bryan Singer could earn more than $40 million from the film. That’s even though Singer was fired from […]

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‘We Hear You. We See You. We Believe You’: Terry Crews and More Help #MeToo Center Survivors in a New PSA Campaign

(L-R) Founder of the Me Too movement Tarana Burke, and actors Terry Crews and Kendrick Sampson speak on the HBO Me Too Panel at Sundance 2019 at Tupelo on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah.Photo: Michael Loccisano (Getty Images for HBO) In the recent rush to bring sexual predators to justice, the survivors of […]

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Taraji P. Henson Is Fierce on the Pay Gap, Racism and Sexism in Hollywood—but #FirstThem on Social Media?

Screenshot: Sam Taylor Johnson (Porter Edit) Houston, we have a problem. Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson is not known for holding back, onscreen or off. The outspoken star has long championed for respect as a black actress, speaking out about lobbying for equal pay and fighting racism in Hollywood, even as an Oscar-nominated actress. […]

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Chris Brown Detained for Rape Allegations in Paris, Meeting His Weekly Arrest Quota à La Mode

Chris Brown, aka the Child Cancel Culture Left Behind, continues to make a poor case for trash humans being able to learn and do better: He was recently arrested in Paris for allegations of aggravated rape. A source from the French judicial system told CNN that Brown was being detained along with two other people, […]

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After Surviving R. Kelly, What Now? How About Trusting Survivors and Dismantling Systemic Misogynoir?

Survivor Jerhonda Pace, Surviving R. KellyScreenshot: Lifetime (YouTube) It was three nights of television that rocked the black community—surprising since they detailed approximately three decades of well-known allegations of predation, exploitation and abuse by R&B artist R. Kelly. But if Lifetime’s record-breaking documentary Surviving R. Kelly finally put a human face onto the collective trauma […]

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Kristen Roupenian’s Power Dynamics

When Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker short story “Cat Person” became a five-alarm sensation late last year, critics rushed to explain its popularity in terms of its relatability and quality. In its outlines, the plot seems standard enough: Twenty-year-old college student Margot begins a brief, frustratingly hot-and-cold relationship with the older Robert, vacillating between affection and […]

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Canceled (for Now) Amid His #MeToo Reckoning

Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo by FOX via Getty Images National Geographic is pulling celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson off the air—at least for a little while—Variety reported on Thursday. His pop culture and science talk show StarTalk is on hiatus while Fox Networks investigates multiple claims of sexual misconduct against Tyson. A representative for Nat […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Put on Hold Pending Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Photo: Getty For nearly four years, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has invited celebs to sit and chat about science on the late night show StarTalk. This week, Nat Geo confirmed that they’re putting the show on hold as they look into claims of sexual harassment and abuse against Tyson. The show, which just entered […]

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Louis C.K. Hates Weed, on Top of Everything Else

Image by author. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images In addition to disliking people of color, non binary individuals, young people, and survivors of gun violence, Louis C.K. does not condone marijuana consumption, apparently. In a New Year’s Eve standup set, Pete Davidson recalled a time when C.K. berated him for smoking weed and ratted […]

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Why Has the World Gone Easy on Cristiano Ronaldo?

On the last Saturday in November, Cristiano Ronaldo took the field with a streak of red lipstick smeared across his cheek. This was no fashion statement. The Portuguese soccer star, who joined the Italian juggernaut Juventus on a $340 million deal in July, was lending his international celebrity to a league-wide campaign to curb domestic […]

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My Bikini Audition from Hell Shows How Little Hollywood Has Changed

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. I’ve gone on thousands of auditions at this point in my career. Thousands. Actors have so little control over the trajectory of their career, it would drive anyone with any normal level of self-worth to insanity. It has, for me, at least. I think I’ve leveled out mostly, […]

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Idris Elba Offers A Straightforward Rule For How Men Can Navigate The #MeToo Movement

Getty Image No, British actor Idris Elba still isn’t in the running to play James Bond (according to Idris Elba), but that doesn’t mean the Luther star isn’t keeping himself out of the news cycle. In fact, because of the hit BBC drama’s upcoming return, the 46-year-old performer is currently doing publicity and, between repeated […]

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Ebro Vs. Kodak Black: Talking About Sexual Assault Is Worse Than Actually Being Charged With It, Apparently

Screenshot: Twitter: @Hot97 It’s been a hell of a week to talk about male artists, sexual assault and the courtesies and praise they do or do not deserve from the media—and the public at large. It began with a debate over the “King of R&B”—a conversation which successfully highlighted how far out of their depth […]

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Cops Identify Person of Interest in Shooting Threat at Surviving R. Kelly Screening

Photo: Getty Police investigating a shooting threat at an R. Kelly documentary screening in New York City last week say they’ve identified a person of interest—someone who may have ties to Chicago, Kelly’s hometown. According to TMZ, police say the person who threatened to shoot up the Surviving R. Kelly documentary called in from a […]

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MeToo and Its Challenges

Perhaps you’ve been there, too. Quietly watched one more survivor come forward, seen one more perpetrator publicly held accountable. Perhaps you breathed a sigh of relief that this type of crime is receiving the attention it deserves. Perhaps you felt vindicated, even if only a tiny bit. Or maybe you were furious. At first you […]

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