Port­man wants ac­tion

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Natalie Port­man took a flamethrower to the pa­tri­archy. Ge­orge Clooney ad­mon­ished the Trump “cul­ture of fear”. Emma Gon­za­lez im­plored peo­ple to vote. 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 Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine’s Power of Women lun­cheon in Bev­erly Hills yes­ter­day, a year since the New York Times and the New Yorker pub­lished ac­counts from dozens of women al­leg­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct by movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein, which he de­nies.

In a com­mand­ing 15-minute speech, Port­man ad­dressed the un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in all in­dus­tries and laid out guide­lines to in­cite change, such as do­nat­ing to Time’s Up, opt­ing against de­pict­ing vi­o­lence against women in films and broader hir­ing of women.

She was be­ing recog­nised for her hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts in co-found­ing Time’s Up, a le­gal de­fence fund.

Port­man said We­in­stein was “still free” be­cause “our cul­ture pro­tects the per­pe­tra­tors of sex­ual vi­o­lence, not its vic­tims.”


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