×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lena Waithe Applauds Time’s Up Progress: ‘We Can’t Afford to Go Back’

A year after the watershed moment that sparked the #MeToo movement, Lena Waithe praised Time’s Up for bringing women together.

“I can’t remember a time in this industry when women have huddled together,” Waithe said at Variety’s Power of Women presented by Lifetime. “When we’ve all gotten on the same page. When we’ve gotten on group emails and text threads. Not just to discuss strategy, but to share baby photos and encouraging words.”

At the annual luncheon held Friday at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Waithe said with the progress that has been made, she remains optimistic about the future.

“Luckily, we have refused to be victims. Luckily, we’ve refused to be silent. Luckily, we decided to rise up and scream at the top of our lungs and become a chorus of rebels that won’t be treated like second class citizens,” she said.

She hopes that women continue to stand together.

“We can’t afford to go back. The next generation of artists, writers, actors, directors and activists will look at this time and know — that when we had a chance to make a change… we did,” she said.

Waithe also shed light on the Trevor Project, an organization she calls close to her heart. The Trevor Project is a 24-hour crisis line for LGBTQ youth.

“They’re in the business of saving lives,” she said. “They remind our youth that they are loved. They remind them that their lives are precious. And the world is a better place because they’re in it. They’re doing God’s work.”

Waithe recalled getting her start in the industry, when she went to meetings and saw trade magazines touting Hollywood moguls, movie stars, and studio heads on the cover. She recognized how much it will mean to aspiring artists to see someone like her being recognized.

“Now some young writer with dreams bigger than their stomach will look at any one of these covers and will be inspired to go in that general meeting and slay that shit,” she said. 

More Biz

  • China's Alibaba to Take Majority Control

    Alibaba to Take Majority Control of Alibaba Pictures

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is to take majority control of its films unit Alibaba Pictures. The $160 (HK$1.25 billion) deal was announced on Monday. The companies said that Alibaba will increase its stake in Hong Kong- and Singapore-listed Alibaba Pictures, through a share subscription. It will lift the parent company’s stake from 49% to 51%, [...]

  • Guy Moot

    Is Sony/ATV’s Guy Moot Headed for Top Job at Warner/Chappell?

    Ever since Jon Platt announced in September that he will be stepping down from his post at the helm of Warner/Chappell Publishing to take the top job at Sony/ATV when Martin Bandier’s contract is up at the end of March, speculation has been rife about who will take over for him. One name has been [...]

  • The King Eric Clapton A Life

    Rashida Jones, Lili Zanuck Talk Grammy Nominations and the Music-Documentary Gold Rush

    Nothing takes you back to time and a place like the music of a particular era. That’s one big reason why music documentaries are flourishing at a time of enormous demand for high-end docu productions. This year’s five Grammy Award nominees for best music film reflect the appetite for stories about renowned and beloved musical figures, [...]

  • il bussetto best business card holder

    Office-Appropriate Gifting: The Best Gifts For Your Colleagues and Bosses

    You can do better than a handshake or bottle of wine to wish your boss a Happy Holiday this season. Here are 10 gifts that show your appreciation for your colleagues or manager, while also helping you stand out from the card and cookie-wielding pack. 1. Personalized Beer Growler Whether they are using it for [...]

  • viceroy-los-cabos-review

    Winter Hotel Guide: Where The Stars Stay in Los Angeles, New York and Beyond

    Whether for a business meeting, a private event, or an intimate celebration for family and friends, these are the hotels that Hollywood keeps on its list. From storied properties that are rich in film and fashion lore, to new players on the hospitality scene, here’s where to book your next stay. 1. Hotel Shangri-La (Santa [...]

  • best tech gifts ipad apple

    Retail Analysts Reveal Top Tech Gifts of 2018

    It’s shaping up to be a busy holiday season for tech and electronics companies, as gaming consoles, streaming devices and televisions top the list of most anticipated gifts, according to retail analysts. New data from Adobe Analytics forecasts that the holiday shopping season (the period from November 1 to December 31) will see more than [...]

  • best harry potter gifts art

    Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: The Best Gifts For Harry Potter Fans

    2018 marked a big milestone for “Harry Potter,” as the franchise celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” release in the U.S. Since that first book was summoned onto store shelves, the Wizarding World has become a phenomenon not just in America, but around the world, spawning a successful film franchise, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content