The woman who created the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, appeared on CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera and commented on “audacity” of Americans to elect Donald Trump.
Ana Cabrera: Do you believe that where we are today is a result of a–a sort of, cultural wounds that were maybe opened during the campaign?”
Burke: “Oh, absolutely. I think that the audacity of the country to elect a president who was a known, self-admitted sexual predator and sexual harasser was probably a bridge too far for people.”
She added, “Like, we’ve come to a place where people feel emboldened to speak out loud, but I think, before #MeToo, it was just people being aghast that we could elect a president that could say the things that he said.”
The hashtag started trending worldwide after a call to action from actress Alyssa Milano.
It was in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s downfall over of allegations of sexual misconduct spanning decades.
Posting on Twitter, Alyssa passed along a suggestion from a friend that women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted post “Me Too” to give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.
More than two dozen women – among them actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow – have made accusations against Weinstein including rape and sexual assault.
Weinstein insists sexual relations he had were consensual.
The hashtag is in support of all women who have been sexually harassed by someone.
Men have also been using the hashtag to show support to women and to reveal their own incidents of abuse too.
Alyssa’s rally call has sparked off other hashtags too.
In France, Twitter users are using #balancetonporc or “expose the pig” to encourage women to name and shame their attackers, while #Womenwhoroar is being used to encourage victims of sexual abuse to speak up.