DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*
Visual Description of an Episode –
A video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jump rope. The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watching her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).
The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.
An episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a teal/brown ruffled sleeveless shirt with black pants and black stiletto heels. Her brown, short hair is worn down. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand. On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo to Aidan’s left with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in the pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors. Below the three pictures is a small black table against the wall that has a pink picture frame of an eye on the wall. On the table, there are pink and yellow tulips in a vase with a red heart on it. Next to the flowers is a glass cup of water. The cup reads, “Drink What You Love.”
Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show.
I’m Aidan Mack, your host here!
It’s really great to have you all with us today!
Have you all been noticing on Twitter the hashtag #MeToo going viral? You might be thinking, “What’s up with that?”
(A picture appears on wall of the hashtag, #MeToo in red letters)
Since the beginning of time, women have been silent about an issue that happens all too often to a majority of women globally; sexual harassment.
(A picture appears on wall of Harvey Weinstein)
This is Harvey Weinstein, one of the top producers in Hollywood. There have been numerous counts of women coming forward about the sexual harassment they have unfortunately experienced. It is heartbreaking to think about how many women in the industry have to deal with harassment.
So, actress Alyssa Milano decided to post on Twitter the hashtag #MeToo and boy did it go viral! Post after post, the hashtag #MeToo kept pouring in and became a trending hashtag.
Whether it’s in the world of media, modeling, academics, and even in the workplace, women go through both sexual harassment and sexual assault on a daily basis.
(A picture appears on wall of Alyssa Milano)
So many women suffer through it all, feeling fearful and feeling destroyed. Women know that if they were to report these instances, it could ruin their career, education opportunities, and even their reputation in the media.
I was in complete shock with the amount of posts I read all regarding the hashtag #MeToo.
Tarana Burke, an African American woman, is actually the creator of the hashtag #MeToo. Although Alyssa Milano made the hashtag viral, she didn’t give Burke the proper recognition as the originator/creator of the hashtag.
Burke’s purpose for creating hashtag #MeToo was to show the amount of sexual assault and rape that Women of Color go through as well as figuring out a way to not be fearful about speaking out on the issue. As a Woman of Color, Burke wants to recognize that there are some communities who have privileges that others do not have. Although Burke created the hashtag 10 years ago, Once Alyssa Milano tweeted #MeToo it just went viral on social media.
(A picture appears on wall of Tarana Burke next to a picture of Alyssa Milano)
However, it’s important to recognize that privilege and give respect to Tarana Burke again who is the creator of the hashtag #MeToo.
(A picture appears on wall of Tarana Burke)
Wow, this really hits close to home, reading all these posts. Reading all of your experiences, stories, and how you all deal with men who are in a higher and more powerful position. Despite these oppressive situations, you all still push through it all and still follow your dreams. Your resilience is touching.
Now, it’s time to recognize the importance of speaking out. Speak out! We all must speak out! Yes, it will hurt our jobs. But this is still occurring all too often and it continues because of the silence related to this issue.
(Aidan Mack logo appears on wall)
The more we remain silent to the issue at hand, the more women will experience this as well as be a part of this endless cycle. Again, it’s important to speak out, myself included. I know what it’s like to speak out; it can blow up in your face. But despite that, it’s important to stand up so that the next woman doesn’t have to experience it too.
It’s hard for me to read these posts. I am however happy that this hashtag went viral, enough is enough. People are finally starting to wake up regarding this issue. You know, once a person is at the top of the food chain and is wealthy, they think they can do whatever they want with little to no regard for anyone besides themselves. This needs to stop. Wow….
Thank you for watching. Don’t forget, it’s important for me to mention if you are watching this and want to speak out about your experience and if you are a survivor of sexual assault or harassment, please comment and share below. The Deaf community has a voice as well.
So, thank you for watching my show! Before we wrap up, I want to thank my fabulous interpreters; Casey and Domenick for interpreting me. Thank you!
(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (Music fades)
The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (Dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)