Actress Scarlett Johansson made headlines after she publicly called out James Franco in a striking Women’s March speech on Saturday, after Franco faced accusations of harassment.
Johansson took to the 500,000 attendees in the March in Los Angeles and talked about James Franco’s hypocrisy. She delivered the speech in front of this massive crowd and also in front of people live streaming the March!
“How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?” said Johansson.
The Avengers star came forward in support of the ‘Time’s Up’ movement. Scarlett is one of the 300 signatories of ‘Times Up’ letter, the aim of which is to put an end to harassment and abuse against women all around the world.
She also asked James to return the ‘Time’s Up’ pin, which is worn as a symbol of solidarity to the movement and to show support for women empowerment. Franco was seen wearing the pin at the Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2018, which infuriated many!
“I want my pin back, by the way,” she said pointedly.
The act of James Franco wearing the pin to the awards triggered angry reactions from multiple women, accusing him of sexual misconduct. So far, 5 women have come forward blaming Franco for sexual harassment! Franco however, has denied all the allegations made against him.
In her speech, the 33-year-old actress never referred to the ‘Disaster Artist’ star by name. However, people on social media began to speculate that she was calling out James. However, the suspense was over as one of Scarlett’s representative confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that it was, in fact, James to whom she was referring.
Franco, who has denied all the claims made by women accusing him of sexual misconduct, said that he respects them for raising their voice.
The Time’s Up movement is major source of help for those who face inequity and injustice in the work place including all industries. It was constituted by leading politicians and influential people working in the entertainment industry, and is now rather popular in the industry.
Scarlett Johansson is one of the founding members of the movement. She also never fails to raise a voice whenever an incidence of harassment or sexual abuse takes place against women.
In her speech, Scarrlett then went on to delve into her personal experiences in the past and how she discovered self worth.
“Suddenly I was 19 again and I began to remember all the men who had taken advantage of the fact that I was a young woman who didn’t yet have the tools to say no, or understand the value of my own self-worth,” she said.
The star went on to talk about how she had comprised her true self just to ‘fit in’ sometimes.
“I had many relationships both personal and professional where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create a narrative that I was the cool girl who could hang in and hang out, and that sometimes meant compromising what felt right for me.”
She concluded her speech telling women all around the world to take a stand for themselves. She said that being modest and guilty is no more the only option, but to do the right thing is even more important.
Her sentiments were shared by actors like Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria and Constance Wu.
“No more pandering. No more feeling guilty about hurting someone’s feelings when something doesn’t feel right for me,” she said. “I have made a promise to myself to be responsible to my self, that in order to trust my instincts I must first respect them,” she said boldly.