Scarlett Johansson Tells James Franco She Wants Her Time's Up Pin Back

Joann Johnston
January 22, 2018

One of those women was Scarlett Johansson, who took to the stage at the Women's March in Los Angeles to voice her discontent with the current administration and speak to the importance of the relatively new Time's Up movement.

How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?

The Palestinian American Women's Association said they initially appreciated the invitation to join the protest, but were then put off by the presence of Scarlett Johanson.

Johansson's rep has since confirmed that her comments were indeed directed squarely at Franco.

More than 500,000 people are said to have gathered in Downtown Los Angeles yesterday, starting things off with speeches and presentations at Pershing Square.

Franco attended the Golden Globes ceremony wearing a Time's Up pin, in solidarity with the movement that is seeking to eliminate sexual harassment, assault, and abuse in working environments.

Johansson was one of the 300 Hollywood women who signed the Time's Up coalition's open letter that alleges there is rampant sexual harassment in workplaces.

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Her final word for Franco? "After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17-year-old?"

Sarah Tither-Kaplan wrote, "Hey James Franco, nice #TimesUp pin at the Golden Globes".

Franco has denied the allegations levied against him, but acknowledged that he wants to "fix" a situation if he's "done something wrong". "I have to. I don't know what else to do".

Scarlett ended her speech with a powerful statement to her fellow marchers: "It gives me hope that we are moving towards a place where our sense of equality can truly come from within ourselves".

The American Women rights marches went on throughout the week-end despite the Palestinian organisation's boycott, aiming to build on the movement launched previous year when more than three million people turned out nationwide to voice opposition to Trump.

"No more pandering. No more feeling guilty about hurting someone's feelings when something doesn't feel right for me", she said.

"I have made a promise to myself to be responsible to my self, that in order to trust my instincts I must first respect them", she continued.

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