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Jessica Chastain Just Asked Male Celebrities To Speak About Harvey Weinstein

"What about the men?"

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Last week the New York Times alleged that Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing women "for decades," claims he denies as "patently false."

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In a statement released yesterday, Weinstein said he "came of age in the 60s and 70s where rules about behaviour and workplaces were different," and "sincerely apologised" for his actions. His lawyer called the claims made by the New York Times "false and defamatory" and said legal action against the publication is being prepared.

Since the allegations were first made, celebrities from Meryl Streep to Kate Winslet and Judi Dench have spoken out against Weinstein, and extended support to the alleged victims.

However, very few male industry figures have come forward to speak out about the alleged abuse.

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At the time of writing, so far only Christian Slater, Mark Ruffalo, George Clooney, Judd Apatow and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have commented publicly.

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In fact, the Guardian even contacted 26 male actors and directors to comment on the reports, but none responded.

The @guardian reached out to 26 male actors and directors to comment on Harvey Weinstein. None responded.… https://t.co/WV4X8cHkbj

And her words resonated with a lot of people.

@jes_chastain My thoughts exactly @jes_chastain

@jes_chastain I can’t like this enough. Amen. ❤️❤️❤️ And thank you

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@jes_chastain I totally agree. Shaming women that were harmed instead of holding other men involved accountable is… https://t.co/fSqAfitGdW

@jes_chastain @chrislhayes I’ve been saying this from the start!!! WHERE ARE THE MEN’S VOICES??

@jes_chastain Why has there been a deafening silence from late-night hosts, Saturday Night Live, and a number of ma… https://t.co/rNnxPkG7kr

@jes_chastain @Melisandreilidh This is really one of the only times I am happy with the "what about the men" questi… https://t.co/FSUrRIP84N

Some men told Jessica that they "stand with" her.

@jes_chastain I'll stand with you Jessica. Men should be shouting the loudest. Respect, equality and justice are un… https://t.co/ItUJMUePQl

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@jes_chastain I am a man, and I will stand with you, Jessica, and with all other women. And I also call on all men to do the same.

@jes_chastain I'll speak up for any woman. anytime, anywhere and against anyone..period,

While many people pointed out that the issue wasn't solely limited to Hollywood.

@jes_chastain @MicahJesse Men everywhere. Not just hollywood.Find me a woman in any walk of life who hasn't put up… https://t.co/GL9XRpyz4X

@jes_chastain This goes beyond HW in all industries that impact the avg woman that has no platform as well #biggerpicture

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And said attitudes towards the women who speak out needed to change too.

@jes_chastain @eddyrogerparker Woman are victimized no matter what they do. Speak up, you lose your job, stay silen… https://t.co/MoHcyYfKXv

@jes_chastain @adamcbest When women do speak up they are demeaned and not believed. This must change

And she also retweeted an article about George Clooney's statement.

And, for anyone who might be confused, she then retweeted this message from Mindy Kaling, which explained exactly why it's important for men to speak up.

Why is it helpful men speak up? Bc that's what this personality fears most: the disintegration of the tacit male support for this behavior.

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