On December 20, CLBR will have our annual year-end Heroes and Zeros episode in which, with guests Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan, we highlight those doing wonderful things on the internet and those deserving a cyber lump of coal. This year, in order to give credit (and shame) where it is due, I am naming my hero and zero “nominees” individually and begin my hero list with Alyssa Milano for her role in beginning the #MeToo movement.
Milano is an activist, actress, producer, designer and former singer best known for her roles in Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses, and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. She is also a baseball blogger, author of Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic and creator of the graphic novel series “Hacktivist“.
In a blog post, Milano explained:
#MeToo, which I started tweeting in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, was an opportunity to take attention away from the predator and bring it back to the victims. We’re so focused on these villains, these horrible people who do these horrible things, and that doesn’t help their victims feel like they can come forward or heal. To give women a platform where they don’t have to say how, when or where they were hurt if it’s too painful — where all they have to do is stand in solidarity — enables us all to feel how enormous of an issue this kind of abuse is.
The hashtag has become a watershed moment and provided an immediate gage for how widespread sexual harassment and assault are today. It also has led to revelations of abuse throughout corridors of power from Hollywood to Washington to even the pulpit. It currently is leading Time Magazine’s reader poll for who should be Person of the Year for 2017.
Of course, #MeToo built upon the work of Ronan Farrow and New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and New Yorker in exposing Harvey Weinstein and the courage of victims like Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Sarah Polley, Annabella Sciorra and others.
Annual Heroes and Zeros Show
Listen on Wednesday, December 20th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT on WebmasterRadio.fm as I discuss the Heroes and Zeros for 2017 with our special guests – Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan.