Today’s Women’s Boycott of Twitter Has Sparked Important Backlash in #WOCAffirmation
Women across the world are boycotting Twitter today, following Rose McGowan’s lead “in protest of women’s voices being silenced.” Many celebrities, both male and female, are taking part, including Chrissy Teigen, Debra Messing, Sarah Hyland, Anna Paquin, Terry Crews, Nick Offerman, and Mark Ruffalo.
But many others, including Ava DuVernay and Kimberly Bryant, have been critical of #WomenBoycottTwitter, arguing that some women’s voices — particularly, those of women of color — don’t get heard enough as is, and that now is not the time to be quiet but to amplify the triumphs and struggles faced by WOC across industries. “Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of
#WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven’t received support on similar issues,” DuVernay tweeted.
Following the lead of Twitter activist April Reign (who also spearheaded last year’s #OscarsSoWhite movement), many WOC and allies are rallying around the hashtag #WOCAffirmation to champion the non-white women who often don’t receive the same signal boosting as their white counterparts. The result is an ongoing, and important, conversation.
Meanwhile, some are also participating in #BoostWOC, which is trending in the same spirit.
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