Cate Blanchett Realizes #metoo Means Pound Me Too in Cannes Protest
Before Twitter, there were rotary and touch phones with a “pound” on the dial. Now, rich feminists are realizing they’ve made themselves into a joke. The lineup took place at the Cannes film festival, and the downtrodden women were surrounded by hundreds of cameramen and media capturing every moment.
Cate Blanchett along with many other beautiful actresses lined up on the red carpet to protest sexual harassment. Wearing dresses that cost as much as some of us make in a year, with borrowed diamond jewelry worth millions of dollars placed with care by the style, hair and makeup teams that have been dedicated to pampering these wealthy women, the actresses bravely stood up to ask for “equal pay” and a “safe workplace.”
You know who needs a safe workplace? Underwater welders.
Not you guys.
Actresses On Parade
Some of the big names standing up were Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek. A few months back, Hayek wrote a long piece talking about how Harvey Weinstein had backed her into a corner during her filmmaking career, and instead of agreeing to perform sex acts on him, she was bothered by the man on her movie sets.
Hayek is married to an extremely wealthy businessman and wore diamond necklaces and earrings.
The reports on the event have been printed up by media outlets all over the world. We’re paying attention to you… and nobody really cares, because we know that you’re all playing up for the cameras. There are lots of actresses who decided to drop out of the career path because they felt uncomfortable, but you guys all stayed on and kept working with these terrible men you’re now calling out.
Event Organized By Time’s Up
Both the American Time’s Up movement and the French counterpart, called 5020×2020 put on the showcase to demonstrate “how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder” as women.
The female actors and filmmakers — many of whom are household names — numbered 82 in total.
The number of 82 was chosen because that’s how many female directors have been chosen to compete at Cannes in its history. In comparison, 1,866 films that have competed were directed by men.
I’ve never been invited to Cannes either. Where’s my social movement? Boo-hoo, pay attention to me too.
French Government Cries, Too
Before the event, the French minister for gender equality (THAT’S NOT A MINISTRY!) said that several women had already called a “special helpline” set up for women attending Cannes in case of sexual harassment. Marlène Schiappa said:
“A female responder… took one of the calls escorted an [English speaking] woman to a police station to file a complaint on Friday night.”
It’s hard to believe any case of harassment these days.
It was a lot easier back in the day. If a guy was hassling you at a bar or in a public place, there were always a few other men in the area willing to take the guy out back and put the boots to him. Most men are lovely and are more than happy to break the noses of creeps. Now we call the cops to get the same thing done in a much longer timeline.
#MeToo At Cannes
If you’re like me and missed Cannes this year (oops) then you missed the 40,000 flyers that were granted to guests telling them that sexual harassment in France can come with a fine of £40,000 and three years in prison. So no French kissing for you casuals.
But with all the international attention on #MeToo came another problem — translating “hashtag Me Too” into an international lexicon that calls it a pound sign.
Pound me too?
Whoops. Bad branding there.
Why Use # Signs On Social Media?
In computer programming, the # key is called a “hashtag” that allows a string of numbers and letters (the hash) to be collected into a single stream from multiple users. So, if an earthquake strikes, you might look up “#earthquake” on Twitter or another social media platform and you’ll be returned every message that includes #earthquake with their message.
The use of # was first folded into the C programming language back in 1978 and was later used in IRC networks to designate topics. IRC was, essentially, a pre-Internet social network and the # was used to find your way around the place.
Basically, it was nerds using # as a way to group topics to start, then it made its way to social media and now everyone under the age of 30 gets confused when the phone tree asks them to hit the pound sign.
And now it’s bringing us all a fresh bout of laughter as the Pound Me Too movement goes on.
Sources: Yahoo News, The Daily Mail