While some people might be feeling blindsided about the dozens of women who have come forward about sexual assault in Hollywood over the past several weeks, a certain singer saw it coming the whole time. It seems a tweet from Lorde predicted the sexual assault allegations we've been seeing lately. And now, looking back, her initial message is actually kind of eerie, knowing what was to come in the months that followed.
Lorde pointed out her own fortune telling abilities on Wednesday. The original tweet, which was posted on January 29, said, "These old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend." And now, she's quoted that tweet, adding, "This came true I guess."
Yeah, it definitely did come true. Now, more than ever, men — especially men in Hollywood, whether they're actors, directors, or in other positions of power — are being held accountable for their actions. Women are talking and, for what feels like the first time, people are listening... and it's probably safe to assume that Lorde is right in saying that these men probably never could have imagined this would have unfolded this way.
Looking back, it seems like Lorde's tweet was politically charged — she posted it just days after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, and he's the prime example of an old man in power. But now, the statement has taken on so much more meaning than that. Now, it's about all men with power who do morally wrong and illegal things, and we're seeing that play out day after day.
And the way she followed it up on Wednesday couldn't have been a more spot-on reaction for the way so many women are feeling right now. "This came true I guess" isn't a celebration, because the floodgates of allegations are heartbreaking. It's terrible that women have had to go through such horrifying experiences and then relive them as they tell their stories now, but it's good that they're finally able to share what happened and that they're finally being taken seriously.
For so long, so many women felt that they couldn't share their stories of assault for so many reasons — fear of repercussions, shame, assuming that no one would believe them, because that has happened so many times before. But now, that's starting to change.
Just this week, Danny Masterson was fired from The Ranch after four women accused him of rape (which he denied in a statement issued through his rep), and that's hardly the first instance we've seen of networks and companies taking allegations seriously in the last couple of months. Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment (he has denied many of the allegations as "patently false" and has also denied allegations of non-consensual sex). Kevin Spacey was fired from House of Cards after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. (Spacey has denied some of the allegations against him. His rep also announced that he was seeking "evaluation and treatment.")
Lorde's tweet promised something men couldn't comprehend was coming, and it has seemed that some men have had trouble comprehending everything that's going on.
Of course, what Lorde was saying is something that many women were hoping for, but after seeing someone like Trump take office, it seemed like that storm actually arriving was near impossible. Now that it's here, it's painful to witness but it's necessary for real change to happen. There may still be a lot of old men getting away with things they shouldn't in the political world, but maybe, that's going to come to an end, too. This reckoning is a huge sign of hope.
Obviously, we still have a long way to go, but what we've seen in the last half of 2017 is a really good start. And for now, maybe we need to start paying more attention to Lorde's tweets. Clearly, she knows something the rest of us don't.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.