A lot of naysayers and cynics like to argue that all the #MeToo hashtags and #TimesUp pins are just lip service. But now, in addition to the $16 million (about R192 million) raised for the Times Up legal defence fund, Hollywood is proving the industry is taking the stories of women very seriously.
Last night at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Brie Larson and Lupita Nyong’o came out to present the night’s highest honour (Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture). But before they did so, they had a big announcement:
‘It gives us joy to celebrate portrayals… that show human nature with all its imperfections, and to do so with a union whose job it is to protect actors as they do that job,’ began Lupita.
‘Which is why were so excited to say that – with collaborations with Times Up and your union members here in this room – there will be a new code of conduct to ensure that there is safety on set,’ said Brie, adding, ‘so we can continue to be vulnerable, continue to be emphatic, and do the strong and great performances that we’ve seen brief glimpse of here tonight.’
According to Variety, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has emailed members informing them of the changes to come. President Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White said that the updated code of conduct ‘will provide clear safety guidance to performers in the work environment and in social environments attached to work where harassment frequently occurs.’
These changes are said to aim at weeding out sexual harassment in the workplace and will extend to events such as wrap parties, auditions and film festivals among others.
Hopefully this is just the beginning of real, tangible changes for women across the industry.
Via Marie Claire US