Opinion Street Beat

STREET BEAT: ‘Why is sexual harassment suddenly a major news topic?’

Compiled by Billie Jordan in the Mid-Wilshire District.

BRANDON THOMPSON
Mid-City
“We are a society where hot topics, trends and sticky headlines are kind of like a revolving door. Social media is helping to push it and people are more comfortable sharing.”
BRYAN JENKINS
Los Angeles
“Sometimes it takes just one person to finally come forward and that encourages other people who have been holding secrets for years. With social media, they feel like they have a voice.”
COCO BARAN
Los Angeles
“People have brushed it under the rug for so long because it’s tough to admit and, because of celebrity incidents, people have the courage to come out about it now.”
SYLVESTER MASSAQUOI
Los Angeles
“The Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein stories started the domino effect that enabled big stars to come out. People feel more comfortable telling their stories now.”
CLIFFORD SUTTON
West Hollywood
“Like racism, it’s nothing new, it’s just been undercover the whole time. It’s just that people are finding the guts to say something about it.”
TRACI TARVER
Los Angeles
“Social media; because it sheds a light on everything we do. We can’t really hide anymore.”
CLAIRE COLE
Los Angeles
“Because Hollywood and more people in the public eye are being outed – and it’s been such a big issue for a long time.”