"His case is not a one-off and, shockingly, is not an extreme example" https://t.co/tuT5YOmTgx— NME (@NME) May 7, 2021
Following the recent sexual harassment allegations made against Noel Clarke, over 800 members of the UK entertainment industry have signed an open letter demanding change. Among the signers are Sarah-Jane Crawford, Dermot O’Leary and Joe Lycett.
Spearheaded by freelance TV producer Meriel Beale, the letter starts:
“After reading the Noel Clarke allegations, many of us within the TV and film industry started sharing our own stories of sexual harassment and sexual abuse. His case is not a one-off and, shockingly, is not an extreme example.”
The letter calls for industry-wide action regarding the sexism and sexual harassment women experience when working in film and TV. It also outlines what should be done to achieve a safer work environment, including hiring more women in high-ranking positions and asking men to speak up regarding inappropriate behaviour.
“From talking over us, to comments in the workplace on our appearance, to men discussing openly what they’d like to do to us, to relentless private messages, to groping, to intimidation and to sexual assault. These are the stories women have been sharing over the last few days,” the letter continues.
Following the Noel Clarke allegations, many women have opened up to each other about what it’s like working TV & Film. Here’s an open letter to the industry. Please sign and share if you feel happy to. Men too - we need you to be allies.https://t.co/19cdP4UWrK— MerielBealeisreal 💙 (@merielbeale) May 5, 2021