In light of actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter suspension after she made comments about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, several women have joined forces in solidarity by going silent on Twitter in protest of women’s voices not being heard.
Chrissy Teigen, who has close to eight million followers on Twitter, is one of those celebrities promising to not post anything on the social media platform for an entire day.
On Thursday night, Teigen sent a series of tweets revealing her reasons for joining the boycott. She hopes that the platform can make adjustments in the future.
Ladies. Let's do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow. No secret timeline checking, no tweets, no clicking the bluebird square. They need to see we matter.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
Teigen wants to stand with victims who have been harmed by sexual assault and online harassment. She also points out that Twitter needs to do better in its suspension policies, explaining that President Donald Trump can still tweet freely about nuclear threats, even if she can’t see them. Trump blocked her account in July.
I'm boycotting for many reasons. To stand with the victims of sexual assault, online threats and abuse. And...— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
...to boycott the fact our demented, pussy grabbing president can tweet nuclear threats of war I can't even see.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow. And maybe even forever. #WomenBoycottTwitter— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
Teigen received some early criticisms by her followers, but she wanted to reiterate that she was serious about the movement.
Except we're silent enough. I don't think silence in the face of *being* silenced makes sense. To each their own, of course, but I won't.— rachel (@rach_eva) October 13, 2017
These sites only work and are only able to make money when we use it. I will never be silent. I'll be elsewhere. https://t.co/WM2koePnHJ— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
For further proof, she shared a screenshot of her mentions and settings. While people tweeted some nasty things at her, she stood her ground. “This is why,” she wrote.
Teigen is joined by other women like Alyssa Milano, as well as men: Mark Ruffalo, John Cusack, Terry Crews, and Michael Ian Black to a name a few who have pledged to the #WomenBoycottTwitter hashtag.