Addressing the crowd at the 2018 Los Angeles Women's March, Scarlett Johansson called out men who claim to support the #TimesUp movement to end, among other problems, sexual harassment, but who have taken advantage of women in the past. In particular, her comments seemed pointed at actor-writer-director James Franco, and reps for the actress confirmed that she was indeed talking about him when she said, "I want my pin back."
Franco, a strong contender this awards season for his work in The Disaster Artist, wore a #TimesUp pin on the Golden Globes red carpet, prompting multiple women to speak out on Twitter about his past inappropriate behavior. Franco didn't directly address the issue but expressed his support for the movement in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and after the Los Angeles Times printed a report in which five women accused him of sexual misconduct (cajoling women into appearing nude on camera, removing safety barriers during sex scenes, physically pressuring young women into sexual acts), he denied the allegations. Johansson, it seems, believes the accusers.
In her speech, which also touched on her own experiences as a young woman in Hollywood and the increased need to create an atmosphere in which all people can advocate for themselves, she asked, "How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?” She then added, "I want my pin back, by the way.”
It remains to be seen how much the accusations and current atmosphere will affect Franco's awards future, and his career. The L.A. Times story came out just a day before the end of Academy Awards voting, meaning that many ballots had already been cast. Last year, Casey Affleck won Best Actor amidst a conversation about his own impropriety, but that was an entire #MeToo movement ago. One thing's for sure: Franco shouldn't expect a cameo in the Black Widow movie.