#TimesUp Connects With #MeToo

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Shonda Rhimes arrives at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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A-list Hollywood entertainers and industry leaders have banded together in the wake of the #MeToo movement to start the anti-harassment initiative that they’re calling #TimesUp.

Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, and producer/screenwriter Shonda Rhimes are leading the initiative alongside hundreds of others. Other notable names involved in the initiative include Rashida Jones, Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe and America Ferrera.

Shonda told The New York Times, “It’s very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven’t cleaned our own house. If this group of women can’t fight for a model for other women who don’t have as much power and privilege, then who can?”

Actress Viola Davis also spoke out via Twitter to support the movement, writing, “I stand with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation.

 

Join me!” Justin Timberlake also offered up a male voice of support, as he tweeted, “No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It’s NOT normal.”

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