When to distinguish art from the artist
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When to distinguish art from the artist

Amy Peloff, an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington, gives an overview of the #MeToo movement and explores the economic and cultural issues associated with the movement. Affiliate assistant professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS), Amy Peloff opened her lecture “Should I Still Watch This?: Pop Culture in the #MeToo Era” last Thursday with a still from Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None.” Ansari was among the accused in the first few months of the #MeToo movement, leaving some with the question of whether or not to continue watching his work. “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that it’s just been a year and a half since the #MeToo movement started trending,” Peloff said before giving an overview of the #MeToo movement — from the phrase’s often-forgotten 2006 origin as the name of an effort by activist Tarana Burke to provide support to young women of color recovering from sexual abuse, to its 2017 use by Alyssa Milano in a tweet referencing the then-recently revealed behavior of Harvey Weinstein (this tweet, encouraging the use of #MeToo, elevated the hashtag into the mainstream, with it trending number one on Twitter within 24 […]

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