Calling out

Scarlett Johansson to James Franco: I want my Time’s Up pin back

Actress Scarlett Johansson speaks to the 500,000 strong crowd during the Women's Rally on the one-year anniversary of the first Women's March, when millions marched around the world to protest US President Donald Trump's inauguration, in Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2018. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

While delivering an impassioned speech at a Women’s March in Los Angeles this weekend, Scarlett Johansson called out the hypocrisy of James Franco, who wore a Time’s Up pin while accepting an award at the Golden Globes — and was subsequently accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

“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?” asked Johansson, according to The Independent. The actress was among the first supporters of the Time’s Up initiative, which offers legal support to women who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

“I want my pin back, by the way,” Johansson added.

Though she did not explicitly mention Franco in her speech, a representative later confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that she was talking about the embattled actor.

Johansson also told the crowd that she has, in the past, “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.”

But those days, she said, are over. “No more pandering,” Johansson said. “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 myself, that in order to trust my instincts I must first respect them.”

Read the full story at The Independent.


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