This past Saturday, things kicked up all across the country with the Women's March of 2018, where millions of people gathered together to walk through city streets from Los Angeles to New York City, singing and shouting in protest of the current U.S. presidential administration and its sexist approach towards women. While last year's march seemed to be in direct response to President Trump's inauguration, this year's centered around a whole lot of things, including what feels like a new movement of women's empowerment publicized on social media and by women in the limelight, particularly #MeToo, where dozens of ordinary people as well as celebrities have come out to share their experiences of sexual assault.
This has turned the spotlight onto men in positions of celebrity and media power, many of whom have been fired in the past weeks for being accused and judged guilty of sexual assault, the flame fanned by the steady outpouring of women admitting on social to media to abuse and assault at their hands. The Women's March of 2018 showcased the support of all kinds of different musicians and bands, and other public figures, who have used their celebrity as a public platform to condemn sexual assault and the current political administration in the United States.
Most notably, Halsey
gave a speech at the Women's March in New York City, clearing her throat to announce, "I can't make a speech unless it rhymes". What followed was a devastatingly powerful account of her and her friends' experiences of sexual assault and rape, recounted in poetry form to a crowd of thousands and since shared on Twitter over a hundred thousand times.
Photos online showing notable musicians' support ranged from Best Coast
's photo of a little girl holding up a homemade sign reading "Poop Butt Donald Trump!" to Lana Del Rey
's picture of the Washington Memorial with a caption about her hope for the future of the women's movement and its influence by these marches. Neil Young
posted as well about his amazement at the crowds in Los Angeles and his hope for a more politically equal America. HAIM
came out with a picture of the band in LA, too, claiming, "Where my women at?!" and Adele
noted on her Instagram post that she needs women in her life "more and more every day". Other artists that showed up and made public statements on and offline include Yoko Ono
, St. Vincent
, The Bow, and Torres
. Celebrities like Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, and Scarlett Johansson made speeches and gave their support across the country too.
So many bands, so many celebrities making waves in the political realm and on the streets. It's always encouraging to see the ways that celebrities and musicians use their fame as a platform for expression and change, and 2018 is a good year for it, it seems. After all, as Neil young notes and Halsey writes so poetically, equal rights in America today are looking pretty shabby. Looks like generations young and old are hopping on the bandwagon for this one.