Oprah Calls Harvey Weinstein An Asshole
Oprah Winfrey is speaking candidly about her opinions of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement. The 64-year-old mogul has worked with the Miramax co-founder, in the past and said that she’d always been apprehensive about dealing with him.
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?
As previously reported, In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that more than a dozen women accused Weinstein of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping them. Many other women in the film industry subsequently reported similar experiences with Weinstein, who denied any non-consensual sex. As a result of these accusations, Weinstein was fired from his production company,suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, resigning from the Directors Guild of America, his wife Georgina Chapman left him, and leading figures in politics whom he had supported denounced him.
In regards to the #MeToo movement, Winfrey says that she anticipated it.
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.