Donald Glover, Rashida Jones Team Up for Powerful Sexual Harassment PSA
A new animated video aims to answer “frequently asked questions about sexual harassment.”
If all the news following the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has left you unsure what’s OK to say or do on the job, you can now find some answers in a fun, celebrity-led short video released this week..
A new animated Time’s Up PSA, directed by Rashida Jones and narrated by Donald Glover, is intended to help viewers understand what type of behavior is appropriate in a work environment as well as things to avoid, Variety reports.
“Do you simply not know how to behave at work anymore? Fear not,” Glover says in the introduction of the video, described as a quick instructional guide to “frequently asked questions about sexual harassment.”
Topics range from “Is it OK to greet your coworker with a deep, full body hug or mouth kiss?” and “Is it OK to tell your coworker that you think they look sexy in their pants?” to guidance you can use to decide whether it’s OK to ask a coworker out on a date.
The latter scenario may require, for instance, asking yourself what potential power dynamics exist and how that could impact the other person’s answer, reports Rolling Stone.
In an earlier interview with Buzzfeed, Jones expanded on why she chose to focus on these forms of sexual harassment, as opposed to assault or rape.
“There's been a lot of discussion about whether that's even fair to link someone pinching an ass or something off-color at work to an actual assault," she said. "I think a lot of people struggle with the connection, because they think it's dramatic to connect the two. So the PSA is intended to explain that there are these nuanced dynamics that are happening when there's a power imbalance."
The short video ends by encouraging those who witness sexual harassment in the workplace to speak out on behalf of themselves and peers in order to affect change.
"It's like a Ouija board," Glover narrates, while directing viewers to visit timesupnow.com. "If you're not pushing and pulling, then the people who are pushing and pulling get to make the rules."
Global Citizen campaigns in support of gender equality and girls education. You can take action here to empower girls and women around the world.