Jennifer Lopez gave a speech about sexual harassment and wore black in support of the Times Up movement during a visit to Puerto Rico on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Lopez took a brief moment to talk about sexual harassment and assault during a philanthropic visit in Loiza, Puerto Rico to help support the victims of Hurricane Maria. During a press conference, the singer talked about her participation in the Times Up movement in Hollywood by wearing black, as a symbol of solidarity with those other men and women in Hollywood who are standing up against sexual harassment and abuse.
"Today is the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, and a lot of the women, with hashtag Times Up, are standing up for equality — to be treated equally and for sexual harassment. And I stand here in black today doing the same from far away. And it's the same thing here in Puerto Rico — we want to be treated equally," Lopez said as she struggled to choke back tears.
Lopez shared a snippet of her speech on her Instagram page. She captioned the clip with several hashtags including #unitedwestand, #timesup, #allblackeverything, and #equality. Lopez tagged the Golden Globes and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, who also wore black, in her video. The clip now has over 6 million views and over 6,000 comments as of this writing. Fans applauded the singer for her inspirational speech and for standing up for women.
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Many attendees at the 2018 Golden Globes wore black to show solidarity with the men and women who have experienced sexual assault and harassment. Hollywood personalities, including famous celebrities, started the Times Up movement to fight systemic sexual harassment in the workplace, which is nothing new in Hollywood.
Aside from Lopez, the other celebrities who support the Times Up initiative include Donna Langley, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes, Jill Soloway, Ashley Judd, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, and Emma Stone. These women launched the movement to combat the rise of cases of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood.
The Times Up movement helps raise funds to support victims of sexual harassment. At least 300 actresses, agents, directors, producers and other influential women in Hollywood have signed up for the initiative. Their combined effort has already raised $15 million.
The initiative was launched in response to the series of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault cases filed against famous personalities in Hollywood. The industry opened its eyes to the harsh reality of showbiz after several women accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. are among the other celebrities hit with sexual harassment allegations.