Actress, feminist and humanitarian Emma Watson has come out in support of a new eight-point proposal aimed at preventing bullying, abuse and sexual harassment within the entertainment industry. Crafted by prominent organisations including the British Film Institute, Equity and BAFTA, the plan is a direct response to the recent flurry of sexual abuse claims.
As part of the plan a new support line will be put in place and two people will be present on film and television sets to manage allegations and issues. Only projects that adhere to these new guidelines will be provided with funding by the BFI.
Watson says guidelines such as these are vital in order to prevent further instances of abuse. “These principles are important because up until recently there were no guidelines, there was no protocol for someone that had been sexually harassed in the entertainment industry. I know this to be a fact because I’ve asked for principles, I’ve asked to see guidelines and no one could give them to me”, she told BBC. “No one could send me – ‘okay, here’s the protocol that we follow when someone’s had this experience’ – which I found shocking.”
“I hope these principles become second nature for everyone; they are not just about protecting individuals but are also an important step in embracing a greater diversity of voices – and eventually having an entertainment industry that actually represents the world we live in”, she said in a video promoting the guidelines.
The plan was revealed as the British film industry readies for the BAFTA awards this weekend.