#MeToo could see most trying tests yet in 2019
CBS, a company that has spent the last few months of 2018 under scrutiny following allegations of sexual misconduct that led to the departure of CEO Leslie Moonves, named Susan Zirinsky, the new president of CBS News.
Zirinsky, 46-year-old network veteran, will become the first woman to head the news department.
In "CBS This Morning," co-anchor Norah O & # 39; Donnell said Zirinsky has "a kind heart and cares for the people who work here, so a new day is on the rise."  On Thursday, John Lasseter, the former head of Pixar who was ousted after being accused of inappropriate conduct, found a new job in Hollywood. (Lasseter apologized for making his former colleagues "uncomfortable".) On the same day, Harvey Weinstein, the former movie magnate whose ruin helped stimulate a movement against sexual harassment in the industry and beyond , obtained a partial victory in a civil suit of Ashley Judd.
8 was the year when Hollywood women and their allies demanded change, this year could be when we learn whether companies and industries that claim to support their words take action to do it.
In his next life documentary, "Gretchen Carlson: Breaking the Silence", the former anchor of Fox News that after a historic offensive harassment against the president and CEO of that network, Roger Ailes, emerged as an influential figure in the #MeToo movement, Carlson, draws attention to some companies that are not at the height. It does so by raising the stories of average working women from all walks of life, many of whom suffered harassment and ill-treatment while working in low-income positions.
"It's important for companies to take the first step now, instead of waiting and hoping it's a passing fad," he says in an interview with CNN. "If I ran the company, I would be in the forefront of this thing to be seen as a company that was putting my words into practice."
He adds: "I am confident we will see him".
Skydance Media has received numerous criticisms from Time & # 39; s Up and other proponents of the hiring of Lasseter has its new head of animation.
"We did not invert a switch and [now] to get rid of all the harassers, get rid of all the stormtroopers and start the activity all over again, it's not like that, "says Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of Women and Hollywood," The call for systemic change is something we need to continue to support, but it is also very, very difficult to do. "
The events of the week also underlined the long and slow road to the correction of an accepted norm in which stars and senior managers could get away with them. Hollywood cleanup – in some high-profile cases – seems to have passed from reports to the courts and the criminal justice system, where some of these stories could potentially drag on for years.
Kevin Spacey appeared in court Nantucket on Monday to declare himself guilty of an assault of indecent assault and battery resulting from an accident in 2016.
R. Kelly could also face a possible criminal investigation, stemming from allegations of abuse against young women in the Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly". The spotlight on Kelly also drew attention to those in the music industry that have worked with him over the years. (Wednesday evening, former female collaborator Lady Gaga joined the chorus of people who now condemn Kelly.)
Silverstein sees the reaction to docuseries as a positive thing because it is "magnificent that these female voices have been amplified" and "I'm finding supporters."
The rise of #MeToo continues to shift cultural attitudes about acceptable behavior.
"Green Book" director Peter Farrelly apologized this week after news articles reported to past cases of sexual misconduct, veiled at the time as attempts at humor, they re-emerged.
In the middle of the season of prizes, where Farrelly will do promotional tours, will Hollywood embrace its presence on the red carpets?
" The entertainment industry still has a lot of work to do, like practically every industry, "says Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director of UltraViolet, an organization that defends the women. "But, of course, their impact on culture is significant: they shape the content that the vast majority of people in this country are consuming, and so when they have misogynists that shape that kind of content that people are seeing, is it serious".
Thomas says that this is why activists often focus on the entertainment industry and seek a point of reference for progress.
On Friday, UltraViolet commissioned an air banner to fly over Sony Music headquarters in Culver City, California, urging the company to cut ties with R. Kelly. The record company of the singer, RCA Records, is owned by Sony.
"We expect this year to be an opportunity to cement some of the #MeToo earnings we have seen in the last year," he says. "I think this means abusers are not generally – and there will be exceptions – that they will get gold parachutes when they are fired for abusing women."
The appointment of Lasseter and the developments in the Weinstein case have been particularly discouraging for supporters who aim to dismantle a system that has enabled abuses. (Silverstein says that with Lasseter's rental, Skydance's message to women is "that women's voices do not count and that women's truths do not count.")
"These blows are bad," adds Silverstein, " but it should also do we are all determined to … pushing for change. "