The second National Women's March took place on Saturday in the middle of the government's closure and saw the return of Scarlett Johansson, who expressed her support last year for Planned Parenthood, in Los Angeles. This year, the speech of the highest-grossing actress of all time revolved around the Time & # 39; s Up movement. More specifically, she pointed to what she considers the hypocrisy of James Franco when using a Time & # 39; s Up while accepting a Golden Globe.
Johansson never specifically pronounced Franco's name during his fiery speech, but it is clear who he is talking about, and her Representatives later confirmed that his words were addressed to Franco:
"In light of the recent revelations about abuse of power and sexual harassment and the issue of consent versus coercion, I feel thoughtful, taking time and going deeper to understand where we are and how we got here.My mind baffles …
"How could a person to publicly support an organization that helps support victims of sexual assault while taking advantage of people who do not have power? … By the way, I want my pin back. "
Johansson was one of the 300 Hollywood women who signed the Time & # 39; s Up coalition's open letter on rampant sexual harassment and unbridled systemic inequality in all workplaces. Around his well-documented Instagram-based flirtation with a 17-year-old girl in 2014. After his victory at the Globes, Franco was also accused of inappropriate behavior by several women, which led to the actor answering awkward questions on the nightly talk circuit shows while promoting The Disaster Artist .
In contrast, Johansson was not at all uncomfortable in addressing his own experiences with power imbalances: "I was suddenly 19 years old again," he said. I remembered all the men who had taken advantage of the fact that I was a young woman who still did not have the tools to say no, or I understood the value of my own life. Ally. "Then he declared one ending with" consenting "and feeling guilty for being considered difficult or making someone feel bad by saying no. It is a speech that will not be forgotten soon.
(Through LA Times )