Natalie Portman and her co-stars of "Vox Lux" illuminated the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Tuesday. (September 5)
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) – Natalie Portman took a flamethrower to the patriarchy. George Clooney noticed what he called the culture of fear of the Trump administration. Emma González implored people to vote. And host Jenifer Lewis spared no one, from Melania Trump and Kanye West to Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh.
Nothing was off the table at the Power of Women lunch at Variety magazine in Beverly Hills on Friday, almost exactly one year since The New York Times and The New Yorker published accounts of dozens of women who report sexual misconduct by part of the former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein, who has denied any crime, was quickly excluded by the entertainment industry, which helped build momentum for the #MeToo and Time & # 39; s Up movements.
In a 15-minute speech, Portman addressed the underrepresentation of women in all industries and set guidelines to encourage change, such as donating to Time & # 39; s Up, opting to portray violence against women in movies and hire women for positions that are not typically considered for. She was recognized for her humanitarian efforts in co-founding Time & # 39; s Up, a legal defense fund that was created following the emergence of the #MeToo movement to address and combat inequality in the workplace.
The Oscar-winning actress was being recognized for her humanitarian efforts in the co-founding of Time & # 39; s Up.
"Feel embarrassed if everyone in your workplace looks like you," said Portman.
Portman said Weinstein is "still free" because "our culture protects the perpetrators of sexual violence, not their victims." He added that Time & # 39; s Up's defense fund has served more than 3,500 people, from "McDonald's workers to prison guards and military personnel to women in our own industry who have faced harassment, coercion and aggression for reasons of gender ".
"Recently, our lawyers helped Melanie Kohler succeed against Brett Ratner and her attorney Marty Singer … who tried to use Brett's huge financial advantage over her to try to intimidate and silence her," Portman said. "Because of our lawyers … he abandoned his defamation case."
Regina King, a honoree who supports the I Have a Dream foundation, followed Portman by saying "Man, Natalie Portman 2020".
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Portman was not the only person who received a standing ovation on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Emma Gonzalez, who became a nationally recognized advocate for gun control after surviving the shooting in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Also stood up to the wealthy crowd of Hollywood
Gonazelz, defender of March for Our Lives, wiping tears, said to the women in the immense ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire hotel: "They know they are forces to be taken into account, they can and have inspired peace and understanding, and most importantly at this time, you can inspire your audience to vote, now more than ever, women should continue to increase. "
Gonzalez was introduced by George Clooney, who announced himself as "Amal's husband". The public, in turn, cheered. Clooney gave a more serious tone when talking about a time when fear is capitalized: "fear of Muslims, fear of immigrants, fear of minorities, fear of strong women."
"Are we really scared of all the things that really make America great? And if the answer is yes, then we will have to respond to the story," Clooney said. "After all the jokes, the insults and the frenzy of reality shows, what will be remembered, what will stand the test of time is to hold these wolves responsible in the clothes of the wolves."
All those who took the stage understood a cause that they were passionate about. The honoree Lena Waithe, of The Trevor Project, said that Time & # 39; s Up has had a great impact on her life in the last year.
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"I've made friends with so many women that I probably would never have met or had a reason to speak, and I can not remember a moment in this industry where women have come together, we've all been on the same page," Waithe said. "I wish we would not take something so tragic to meet, I would like a trauma in the workplace and sometimes at home it was not what we had in common, luckily we refused to be victims. " Shut. Luckily, we have decided to get up and shout at the top of our lungs and become a force of rebels who will not be treated as second class citizens. "
The event, presented by Lifetime, with sponsors such as Audi, Morocco Oil and The Venetian Resort, also honored Tiffany Haddish, who spoke about the non-profit company The Unusual Suspects Theater Company and the CEO of Participant Media, David Linde, for help to make the woman focus "Movies" from "Rome" to "RBG".
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