Emma Watson Supports Anti-Harassment Campaign
Emma Watson is one of the latest of a growing number of Hollywood stars to reveal she is backing a new campaign to fight sexual harassment across the entertainment industry and other sectors.
Harry Potter actress Emma Watson shared a post on Instagram with her 41.1 million followers, writing: “The clock’s been ticking on the abuse of power. I stand in solidarity with women across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, and assault. #TIMESUP on oppression and marginalization.
“#TIMESUP on misrepresentation and underrepresentation.”
Emma Watson urged people to “sign the solidarity letter” and to donate to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.
Three hundred female Hollywood actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives – including Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon – were kicking off the new year with a coordinated effort to counter systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment business and workplaces nationwide.
The initiative, announced with a full-page ad in the New York Times, includes a $13m legal defense fund to help women in less privileged professions protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the consequences that may arise from reporting it.
Entitled Time’s Up, the program was launched with an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, including Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones and Kerry Washington, as well as powerful backroom Hollywood figures, including producer Shonda Rhimes, whose credits include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
Besides Emma Watson, other British women in the film industry showed also their support to the movement as Kate Beckinsale, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Karen Gillan, Naomie Harris and Cara Delevingne.