Abusive and intimidating behavior in Hollywood has existed forever and now, will no longer be tolerated. Hollywood’s elite have banded together to form the #TimesUp movement, empowering victims to come come forward and providing resources for victims of sexual abuse on the job across many industries. While the focus has been on the world of acting, the music industry is also home to the same grotesque behavior. Janelle Monae, award winning singer and actor took to the Grammy stage to echo the message to the music industry that time is indeed up.
Many celebs wore white roses on the Grammy’s red carpet, indicating their support of the #TimesUp movement and Janelle Monae, no stranger to using her voice to speak for the greater good delivered a passionate speech to the world. Her speech took place before an emotional performance by Kesha, singing a ballad provoked by the pain from sexual abuse by her former producer.
“I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.” said Janelle Monae as the audience applauded in approval.
Janelle Monae made it clear that not only will sexual abuse no longer be tolerated but equal pay, gender discrimination and other inadequacies in Hollywood will soon be coming to an end.
““Just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.”