During Today’s Women’s March, Scarlett Johansson Got the Biggest Shock of Her Life

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Obviously, today was about standing together and united against hatred. And thankfully, that message was sent loud and clear.

Strangely, though, some other messages were also received – and they might not have been intentional.

Apparently, during the middle of the height of actress Scarlett Johansson’s speech, technical issues cut off her microphone and left her standing mid-note card in front of the crowd.

As Johansson made a plea for people to support organizations like Planned Parenthood, music began playing over her. At first she laughed, thinking it was an accident.

She tried again, thinking it was an error, but realized that the mic wouldn’t be coming back on, shrugged, and left the stage.

However, the music continued; Johansson took that as her cue to leave. But while she was leaving the stage, her microphone had already been cut as she tried to say “Thank you” to the crowd.

She shrugged and left the stage – but later looked visibly upset that she had been cut off before she was able to finish giving her speech.

Obviously, it’s absolutely possibly everything is exactly as they said – it could have been a technical glitch – something no one could help; and everyone just decided to keep the ball rolling.

But it’s honestly sort of suspicious.

It is weird to watch, and it seems sort of intentional. The live band begins playing, and Johansson laughs, and only then realizes that the microphone is no longer on.

There’s a lot of conspiracy theories going around as to why the organizers might have wanted to hurry Johansson off the stage. Here are mine:

  • During her speech, Johansson said several things about being willing to support Trump if he supports women’s rights. This alone could offend some people who don’t want to normalize Trump as a leader. By vocalizing how she’d be willing to support Trump were he to claim to support “women’s rights” – because, as we know he’s prone to lying – she may have inadvertently offended a big part of her audience.

The March was about more than just birth control and abortion rights – it was also about Trump’s xenophobia and racism, his attacks on minority groups.

  • Johansson didn’t speak much about racism, but instead spoke largely on reproductive rights. She had been using language like “All women matter” – very reflective of “All lives matter,” a response to “Black lives matter” which serves to delegitimize the movement. Feminists worry that “white feminism” tries to take over what should be a multicultural movement.

It could have absolutely just been an honest mistake that her microphone got cut off where it did.

But it also may have been more: Organizers may have thought that she’d had enough time to voice her opinions, and that they wanted another voice on stage.

Shaw has written for USA Today, CNN, Capitol Weekly, Independent Voter Network News, and The Energy Collective. At age 19, she was appointed to the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley by Mayor Tom Bates and served on the Mayor's Health Task Force. She acts and models professionally and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Shaw is a native San Franciscan. She studied political economy, public policy, biology, and rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2016. Through reformed education and effective communication, she is interested in making complex concepts accessible to broader audiences in hope of creating a more aware and active world.

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