From Angèle to Sex Education, how the movement has established itself in popular culture

In early October 2017, two articles implicated film producer Harvey Weinstein, sparking a wave of testimonies from victims of gender-based and sexual violence around the world. A shift in women’s voice and in dealing with violence, even in popular culture: Now, movement is narrated in cinema, violence is denounced in music or evoked in successful soap operas. If the topic was treated a little 10 years ago by major artists and directors, now it is impossible to miss, because some songs in particular have been around the world.

When songs become #MeToo anthems

Some of the songs have become #MeToo anthems, as they have been proudly chanted in protests against gender-based and sexual violence, particularly in France. Others allowed singers to reveal the abuse they had experienced in music.

On October 5, 2018, a year after the movement began on social media, under #balancetonporc in France, singer Angèle released the title “Balance ton quoi”. And soon he found himself on the radio and social networks. This idea is taken up in chorus by the marchers at the feminist processions. “Leave what you want. Even if you talk badly to girls, I know deep down you understood. Give up what you have, maybe one day it will change. Give up what. So let me sing to you, to go to, hmmm…” These words were written by the Brussels singer after she disturbed her in the Belgian capital’s metro. “A man who spoke badly to me and had a little hatred and a desire for justice”she explained The show is 50 minutes insideat TF1, in February 2020.

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“Sous mon sein la grenade”: Here is another song choir sang during demonstrations in France. Singer Clara Luciani released the title at the end of 2017 (on the album “Sainte-Victoire”), amid an explosion of the #MeToo movement around the world. “Hey you. what are you watching ? Have you ever seen a woman fight?“The words condemning street harassment, then go to all the radio.

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Sometimes, the music also allows singers to denounce their abusers. In January 2018, three months after the Harvey Weinstein case was revealed and the start of #MeToo, singer Keisha spurred the movement at the Grammy Awards, an unmissable hit song event in the US. On stage, she, along with Camila Cabello in particular, sang “Prayer,” the title of her “Rainbow” album, returning to the attacks she says she suffered from her former producer, Dr. Luke. She accused him of rape in 2014, charges that the US judiciary would reject two years later.

If the “TikTok” translator didn’t win an award that night at the Grammy Awards, this is her stand against the sexual and sexual violence we’ve been talking about on social networks and in the newspapers. “You put me through hell. I had to learn to fight for myself. We both know every truth I can tell.”She sings in particular at this title, which made a whole part of the audience cry. “To those trying to silence us, we offer two words: it’s over”Another singer, Janelle Moreno, had announced before her arrival on the Keisha stage.

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Like Kesha, the Quebec singer Cœur de Pirate chose music to denounce marital rape. In “I want to go home”From the album “If a Storm Hits, This Park Will Close,” Beatrice Martin denounced her marital rape a few years earlier. “The #MeToo movement showed me the things I’ve been through”explains to Daphne Burke in 2018, about Europe 1. “I thought it was time to talk about it or else I would have exploded.”

From now on, the series also talks about sexual violence

Several series, some of which have been resounding successes, have chosen to talk about harassment or domestic violence. They highlight what women experience on a daily basis, at home, on public transportation or at work.

In the hit Sex Education series, Episode 7 of Season Two depicts sexual harassment on the bus. The young victim, Amy, is shocked, no longer wanting to ride public transportation. She finally got over her fears thanks to her friends. A way, once again, to take a stand against sexual violence, in a series watched by millions of young people.

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Incredible detective series, released two years after the start of the #MeToo movement, is based on a true story, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s investigation. In this mini-series, we follow teenage Marie, in a police station, who claims to have been handcuffed and then raped by a man in her home. But very quickly, the victim accuses and ends up under pressure saying that she lied. Except that meanwhile, miles away, female policewomen are investigating a rapist, in a similar manner of action.

The series is divided into eight episodes It tells in particular the extreme difficulty and courage that victims need to testify, as well as not listening to the police establishment towards rape victims.

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In “24 – 24 Hours in a Woman’s Life”, Aarti aired, in 2021, 24 shocking mini-movies against violence against women. Dress code for domination, femicide, or sexism: this Statement Seriesdenounces based on real facts, “The various forms of abuse that a woman can be subjected to at every hour of the day and night”In the series view, Arte specifies. We see a husband beating his wife in a parking lot and a woman interfering. The victim who filed a complaint after 25 years; Another woman who was insulted on social networks or soccer players victims of sexual and lesbian violence.

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Storytelling films

The #MeToo movement quickly took hold of the big screen. After thousands of testimonies and dozens of cases have been publicly disclosed, many directors have decided to tackle the topic in films or documentaries, returning to the Weinstein case or other sometimes outdated files.

It’s a highly anticipated movie that will be released at the beginning of 2023: The Movie That Retreats The investigative work of Megan Tohey and Judy KantorExposing the Harvey Weinstein case. Two New York Times journalists investigated for months, breaking years of silence about sexual assault in the American film community. In She’s Happy, director Maria Schrade tells behind the scenes of this massive investigation that will launch the #MeToo movement (started by Tarana Burke in 2007) around the world. A movie based on the book of the same name published by Megan Twohy and Judy Kantor in 2020. Received a Pulitzer Prize for this investigation.

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Released in 2020, the movie “Scandal” tells of him The fall of the historic Fox News chiefRoger Ailes, Roger Ailes, was fired three years earlier after numerous accusations of harassment and sexual assault made against him. If this case dates back to before #MeToo, we may not have been told if the movement didn’t happen. The feature film looks back at filing a complaint, in 2016 (and thus a year before #MeToo), to former presenter Gretchen Carlson v. Roger Ailes, for a charge of arbitrary demotion after she rejected his advance. His testimony has intrigued many other people, ranging from sexual blackmail to sexual assault.

The actions of this journalistic director, who died in 2017, have been told in other works: the series The Loudest Voice on Canal +, the documentary Divide and Rule: The Life of Roger Ailes.

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A few months after the #MeToo movement made a comeback, other directors decided to tell the story of sexual and sexual violence on the big screen. Such is the case with The Helper, which chronicles the life of a major production assistant over the course of a day, spent in particular as he grapples with his anger without receiving any support from his co-workers. To achieve this, Australian documentary filmmaker Kitty Green met with several senior assistant presidents in several fields.




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Without forgetting the documentary “Gloria Allred: Women’s Advocate”, which tells in 2018 about the life of this A great feminist lawyer, very popular in the United States. For more than 40 years, she has advocated for women victims of rape, sexual harassment, discrimination or abuse of power. I specifically defended Harvey Weinstein’s accusersDonald Trump and Bill Cosby.


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