Asia Argento has revealed that they were not asked to be part of the Times Up campaign, despite being two of the women who first cracked open the current discourse taking place in Hollywood about gender inequality.
In reply to a tweet asking the Golden Globes if Argento, McGowan, Terry Crews and Anthony Rapp has been invited or asked to present, Argento revealed that was could ‘only speak for myself but not only I wasn’t invited to the #GoldenGlobes: nobody asked my opinion about #TIMESUP or to sign the letter’.
‘I support @TIMESUPNOW even though I was excluded from it. Guess I am not POWERFUL or HOLLYWOOD enough,’ she added.
‘Proud to work behind the scenes.’
I can only speak for myself but not only I wasn’t invited to the #GoldenGlobes: nobody asked my opinion about #TIMESUP or to sign the letter. I support @TIMESUPNOW even though I was excluded from it. Guess I am not POWERFUL or HOLLYWOOD enough. Proud to work behind the scenes https://t.co/Wemz2qd7gw
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) January 8, 2018
Prior to Sunday’s ceremony McGowan – who slammed the idea of a silent protest for the show – tweeted that she did not want to turn ‘#MeToo into a show’.
Argento then replied to her friends: ‘No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence.
‘Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die.’
No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence. Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) January 7, 2018
In a series of tweets in mid-October 2016 McGowan claimed she was ‘raped by the boss of a Hollywood studio’ but that it’s now ‘time for some goddamned honesty in this world’.
A year later The New York Times and the New Yorker alleged in a series of reports that producer Weinstein had sexually harassed female employees over a nearly thirty year period, and that he had reached private settlements with eight of them.
It was widely reported that in 1997 Weinstein reached a $100,000 settlement with McGowan ‘after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival’.
Amongst those making allegations were Ashley Judd, Gywntrh Paltrow, Romola Garai, Mira Sorvino, Lea Seydoux and Angelina Jolie.
Times Up is a new campaign which aims to promote safety and equality in the workplace, by highlighting legislation, corporate policies and resources for other females to follow.
Hundreds of Hollywood’s female stars came together for the new initiative, launched on 1 January 2018, in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers.
The letter also ran as a full-page ad in The New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.
Members include the actresses Tessa Thompson, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon; the showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures; the lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen, who served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation.