Oprah Winfrey is opening up about her feelings for the disgraced Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo Movement. She has worked with Weinstein in the past and does admit that she was apprehensive when dealing with him. She also refers to him as a bully and an a&&hole.
Oprah said, “I was in Chicago, in my own little world, but what I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey’s on the phone, you didn’t want to take the call because you’re going to get bullied in some way. Yes, I was friendly with Harvey. I didn’t know any of this was going on. What I do question for myself is why I was willing to put up with the bullying thing. I was willing to put up with, ‘OK I’ll take the call,’ ‘OK I’ll do that.’ Why am I willing to put up with an a–hole? Why we won’t tolerate other things, but you can throw phones and call people jerks or whatever and do all this nasty stuff?”
Oprah says she did anticpate the #MeToo movement, saying, “It had been coming with Bill Cosby and nothing happened. It had been coming with Bill O’Reilly. Even with the President of the United States with the Access Hollywood tape, and yet, nothing happens. It had been coming. It had been coming and [Weinstein] was the moment was where it all crystallized. I’m hoping that it leads to a better way of all human beings treating each other and that this moment in the movement is leading to us toward saying, ‘Not only am I not going to take your sexual harassment, I’m not going to take any of your bulls–t.’ Period. I think we’re on our way but we’re still figuring it out.”