Why The #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements Are Officially The Anthem of White Feminism

Ezinne Ukoha
8 min readAug 9, 2018


Disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein was arrested on May 25, 2018, as a result of criminal charges of sexually assault, levied on him from women within the industry, who were encouraged to share their horror stories after actress Rose McGowan’s decade-long efforts to use her own hellish testimony, as the weapon of mass destruction.

The ripple effect was the antidote for victims who had buried their harrowing experiences for fear that they would be shamed, or even worse, defeated by a system that had been set up to protect the high-powered harassers from any threats of damning exposure, since such public revelations could prove costly in more ways than one.

But after the initiation of organizations like Me Too and Time’s Up that comprised of mainly A-list White actresses with enough clout to intimidatingly exact justice on behalf of the fallen, both past and present, all bets were off. The heightened climate demanded a level of adherence that demanded the swift demise of illustrious careers, that had succumbed to the audacity of life-altering actions.

Suddenly a slew of heavy-hitters, who weren’t able to fall back on the privilege of Whiteness or the gold-plated resumes, that once made them virtually invincible were being cast out with immediacy.

The domino effect created the stunning realization of how media giants and the industry-at-large — perfected the art of glazing over suffocating symptoms of a viral disease — that went unchecked long enough to cause permanent damage.

In the midst of the ongoing quest for justice, that takes various forms of implementation that breeds incoherency when premature judgment is delivered with furiousness, even when it may not apply, and coherency when the perpetrator is caught in the net that meets the size requirement.

There’s also the hovering challenge of how the messaging has been hijacked by notable White women.

When #MeToo started trending, the assignment of relevance was handed to actress Alyssa Milano, who used Twitter as her portal of social consciousness, by tasking users to share their personal stories of abuse. It was…