Backstage at Billboard’s Women in Music event, we asked the stars of the night how they felt about the #metoo movement. Here is what they said.
Mary J. Blige has empowered millions of people around the world through her music for decades. On Nov. 30, backstage at Billboard‘s 2017 Women in Music Awards, Blige recognized the countless people who found the power within themselves to speak out against sexual assault and rape through the #MeToo movement.
“All of the women that are coming out and speaking and opening up about their sexual harassment and things that have happened to them, I just want to say I champion you,” Blige, who accepted the Icon Award, said, “and I’m happy for you, and I’m proud of you because, once and for all, you’re free from a secret that made you hide and hang your head low and made you feel trapped. I understand because there’s secrets and things that I’ve held onto for a very long time — and still holdin’ onto — and I just can’t come out and say anything about them.”
Mary J. ended with: “I’m happy for you, and I’m happy that you’re free.”
The #MeToo” movement has overwhelmed social media since disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment through the years.
Watch Mary J. Blige’s heartfelt message above.