Holly Willoughby has hit out at paparazzi after photographers tried to take pictures up her and other female stars’ skirts at the Brit Awards.
Sharing a collage of pictures of her, Rita Ora, Louise Redknapp, and Abbey Clancy as they tried to get into their cars at the end of the night, Holly put her thoughts on Instagram, questioning the success of the Time’s Up movement, which has sprung up in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“At the beginning of the night we held white roses and walked down a red carpet full of the hope and pride that comes with the #timesup campaign,” she wrote, referencing the decision for attendees to carry roses to show support for the #metoo and Time’s Up movements.
But then she added: “At the end of the night, cameras were held low to get a photo up our skirts… times apparently up on #timesup.”
More than 190 women working in the entertainment industry, including actresses Emma Watson, Jodie Whittaker, Naomie Harris and Sienna Miller, signed their names to a powerful open letter in support of Time’s Up ahead of the 2018 Baftas, which took place just days earlier.
The letter urged attendees at the 2018 BAFTAs ceremony to don all-black in support of the initiative, an unofficial dress code that most celebrities stuck to. (The Duchess of Cambridge wore green to stick to royal protocol which prevents the royal family showing political support for a cause.)
And at the 2018 Brits, women and men in the music industry followed in the footsteps of those at the Grammys by carrying long-stemmed roses that represented a drive for equality.
Since sharing, Holly’s powerful post has been liked more than 222K times and received thousands of comments from fans offering their support to the This Morning presenter and agreeing that it was unacceptable.
“I have no words to express how I feel! This is disgusting! #timesup,” one woman wrote.
“This is disgusting and perverted that the paps do things like this. Much love and support going your way,” another user wrote.
“Upskirting’ or my favourite ‘creepshots’ is a criminal offence in other counties! (England is slightly behind on this.) Why should it be any different for the media,” yet another user commented.
“This makes me furious! The sooner ‘upskirting’ becomes illegal, the better. It’s an utter violation,” one more fan wrote.
Holly’s post follows the call by campaigners for changes in the law surrounding upskirting after news emerged that children as young as 10 have found themselves victims of the act, which sees people covertly taking photographs under people’s clothes without their consent.
At the moment there is no law banning upskirting, which means victims instead have to pursue claims of voyeurism or indecency.
But campaigners, including victims, politicians and equality groups, have called for urgent changes to ensure it is criminalised alongside other sexual offences.
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