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Saturday 14 October 2017

Not Everyone Is On Board With #WomenBoycottTwitter

Not Everyone Is On Board With #WomenBoycottTwitter

In response to Twitter suspending Rose McGowan's account, women (and men) are boycotting Twitter today. 
McGowan has been incredibly vocal about the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations after The New York Times reported that she received a settlement from the Hollywood executive following an incident in a hotel.

McGowan shared through her Instagram account that Twitter has suspended her.

All hell broke loose on the internet, with people coming to the actress' defense and calling out Twitter for silencing her voice.  

Rose came back with a vengeance when her account was unblocked, tweeting this:

To show support for Rose McGowan and other victims of harassment, software engineer Kelly Ellis came up with the idea for #WomenBoycottTwitter to protest women's voices being silenced.

Rose tweeted her response to the protest, and she also called for any men on Twitter to "amplify [women's] voices" during the boycott.

Elizabeth Banks will be joining the protest. 

Chrissy Teigen is taking part in the boycott, and she added it might be longer than just one day. 

McGowan's former Charmed costar, Alyssa Milano, expressed that she will won't be logging onto Twitter for the day. 

Men, like actor Mark Ruffalo, are joining the protest, as well.

There are many people, however, who are wondering why the boycott is happening now when there have been women of color who did not receive this type of response when faced with similar backlash on Twitter. 

Director Ava DuVernay asked that white women acknowledge that women of color have not received the same sort of recognition when it comes to dealing with the same issues. 

Some are wondering where the boycotts and protests were for Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones when she was relentlessly attacked with racist tweets. 

Writer and actress Rachel Leishman is also questioning where this type of support was for Leslie Jones as well as for Jemele Hill, who was suspended from her job at ESPN for calling on people to boycott advertisers of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. 

The founder and editor-in-chief of This Week in Blackness, Elon James White, had a question for black women about what they thought of the protest. 

And many more are calling out the fact that there was no protest or boycott for women of color. 

What do you think of the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest?
COMMENT and tell us if you think it is a good way to support women's voices being silenced, or if you believe there should have been the same support for women of color who experienced similar issues. 
If you would like to donate to those affected by sexual violence, click here to give to RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

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