Scarlett Johansson Slammed James Franco for His Hypocrisy During Her Women’s March Speech

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Time’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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

“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? I want my pin back, by the way,” she snapped. Later, a rep for Johansson confirmed to the LA Times that “her comments were meant for and referring to Franco.”

She was one of the original signers of the Time’s Up announcement letter, and she’s a major donor to the legal defense fund.

“Gender equality can’t just exist outside ourselves; it must exist within,” she said. “We must take responsibility, not just for our actions but for ourselves.”

“I have recently introduced a new phrase in my life that I would like to share with you: No more pandering. No more feeling guilty about hurting people’s feelings when something doesn’t feel right for me.”

“I have made a promise to myself to be responsible for my self, that in order to trust my instincts, I must first respect them. I am finally on a path of forgiveness, not for the people who took advantage of my conditioning to pander, but forgiveness of myself. Forgiving the girl who felt used and heartbroken and confused and guilty and taken advantage of and weak.” This is a movement that requires unity and strength and true allies — and consequently, it also requires the rejection of those who don’t live up to the hype.