Scarlett Johansson Slammed James Franco for His Hypocrisy During Her Women’s March Speech
ime's up for sexual predators, and it was clearer than ever at the Women's March, which took place in cities all over the United States on Saturday, January 20. In the march's second year, women were bolstered by the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up Hollywood legal defense fund.
Marching is now just one of the many concrete steps being taken to overhaul our culture of patriarchy-induced silence. More women than ever are speaking up for themselves and for others like them.
And one of those women at the Women's March in LA was Scarlett Johansson.
James Franco showed up to the Golden Globes wearing a Time's Up pin, as did many other men.
But he was a special case because he’s been accused of sexual misconduct before.
And after the Globes, new accusations against him surfaced — from five women specifically.
Franco (and other men) make a big show of supporting Time's Up in public, but in too many cases, their actions don't back up their public personas.
At the Golden Globes, not one man spoke up in support of the movement whose name they’d pinned to their lapels. The onus has from the beginning been entirely on women to fight for change that is so necessary — change that requires men to take a good, hard look at themselves and alter their behavior.
And women have delivered in a big way.
At the Women’s March, several high-powered women took to the stage to share their stories and experiences. Natalie Portman revealed that she’d been sexualized from the young age of 12. Singer Halsey shared a powerful poem about her own experience with sexual harassment and assault. Viola Davis was a strong voice for women of color who’ve had to work exponentially harder than others for the same rights.
And Scarlett Johansson publicly called out the men who had the gall to wear the Time's Up pin without vocally supporting the movement.
More than one man has worn the pin or in another way has alleged support for Time’s Up and #MeToo only to be outed as a predator later.
One of those men, of course, is James Franco.
And while Scarlett Johansson may not have mentioned him by name, her powerful speech was pretty directly about him.
Listen to what she had to say…