At just 15 years old, Breauna Morrow had to learn how the world works. In his corner (St. Louis, Missouri), as anywhere. Every day, the young woman worked behind a McDonald's box and suffered sexual harassment from a partner who was older than her. He complained to a superior and he responded: "You can not win this battle". He was wrong. Because Morrow said enough, it's over. Or, in English, Time's Up, as the organization that advised and sustained their struggle. A year ago, the Golden Globes encumbraron the birth of this movement, founded and funded by divas (and some divo) of Hollywood to defend the legal battle of victims of sexual harassment and abuse. At the time, they dyed the red carpet in black and the gala of feminist demands. "The time has come," said Oprah Winfrey in his speech, more remembered than most awards. Some Golden Globes later, instead of shouting their desire for equality, the ceremony spoke of it. Sometimes. There was cinema, television and, also, feminism. A step back or forward, to normalize inclusion? Any spectator will decide. In any case, the gala did serve as a reminder: of the progress made; and the enormous road that still remains to be done.
"I promise that in all that I will produce in the next two years there will be 50% women", launched Regina King, after collecting the Golden Globe to the best supporting actress for The blues of Beale Street. Jessica Chastain, one of the main promoters of Time's Up and MeToo, immediately stood up, to applaud. King also challenged those present to join his commitment, and all those who have power to support the feminist struggle. Glenn Close, also with his Golden Globe in his hands, invited each woman to pursue their dreams and believe in their possibilities.
Against this, the nominations of the Golden Globes told another story. After a whole year asking for more women in the movies, here is the balance: except in the section of best song, more balanced, the desert. Nadine Labaki, the filmmaker responsible for the Lebanese Capernaum, aspiring to a better foreign film. And Deborah Davis, co-writer of The favourite, by Yorgos Lanthimos. Point. Directors, writers, composers, animators. Exclusively them. As if nothing, as always. After all, a study published days ago by the University of San Diego concluded that Hollywood is still frozen, or worse: women accounted for 20% of the jobs in the 250 highest grossing films of the past year in the US and they barely managed 8%, with a decline compared to 11% in 2017 and the lowest figure since 1998. The presenter, Sandra Oh, made clear in her initial speech that the industry seeks "first, a man. two men, or a group of men, and only later, perhaps, a woman. "
Maybe that's why the fight for inclusion and against harassment he has redoubled his bet. Time's Up X2 is the new initiative of the movement, announced in a manifesto published days before the gala and reflected in some bracelet that was seen on the red carpet: "To double the number of women in leadership positions and in other spaces where they are underrepresented." "We will no longer play with the old rules," adds the document, which considers that the wind has changed forever and highlights all the achievements since the Golden Globes 2018.
For example, the 20 million euros accumulated to finance the legal expenses of the victims; the 3,755 people who asked Time's Up for help and the 75 cases that came before the courts; the complaints raised at the federal level by young Morrow and other McDonald's workers for the harassment suffered; or the 20,000 Google employees who demonstrated to ask for more protection against abuse. Congress and Senate of the United States add more deputies than ever, Harvey Weinstein is the past, while the power of the MeToo stars in the present. "It's been a record year for women but we've just started," adds the Time's Up web manifesto.
"I said 'yes' to the fear of being on this stage today to see this audience and witness a moment of change, and I am not deceiving myself, next year it could be different, but right now this is real. I see you, and you, all these faces of change, and now anyone will see it, "added Sandra Oh, in the opening speech. Meanwhile, it indicated Asian, Latino and African-American creators. All together. The normality.