Oprah considers the Harvey Weinstein scandal a turning point in history
In the midst of chaos, Oprah Winfrey often provides words of wisdom that make you think, give hope, and inspire. So, it was no surprise that the media mogul chimed in in the midst of the aftermath of the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein and did just that once again.
But it’s not the entertainment industry where sexual harassment is an issue (as this week’s #MeToo Twitter movement showed), which Winfrey also addressed.
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“If we make this just about Harvey Weinstein, then we will have lost this [watershed] moment,” she said. “I think this is a moment, where no matter what business you work in, the women who not only had the disease to please, that’s a part of it, but who felt that in order to keep my job, to keep my position, in order to keep moving forward … I’ve got to smile. I’ve got to look the other way. I’ve got to pretend he didn’t say that. He didn’t touch me,” she continued. “Those days are about to be over.”
Noting how she was a victim of childhood sexual abuse, she continued: “When you feel like you cannot be heard and then other people start speaking out, it makes you feel like ‘Oh, now I can speak out too.'”
While her appearance was the first time Winfrey discussed the Weinstein allegations on TV, she did share her thoughts on Facebook last week.
This article originally appeared in Instyle.com.