Oprah Winfrey Interviews Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Natalie Portman, And More About 'Time's Up' Campaign
Time's Up is the latest anti-harassment campaign that will continue to provide better opportunities, jobs, and benefits for the female workers in the entertainment industry. The movement has more than 300 people attached to it, including several A-list celebrity women. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, and Kerry Washington are a few of the elite women in Hollywood that have given the movement their full support.
While the campaign has started to show solidarity in Hollywood with the highly anticipated "black out" that took place during the 2018 Golden Globes, now CBS will give a more personal look at what inspired the women of the entertainment industry to continue to share their stories.
In a new segment hosted by Winfrey, CBS Sunday Morning will feature Witherspoon, Portman, Ferrera, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and attorney Nina Shaw having an intimate discussion about the importance of the Time's Up movement. The actresses will also go into more detail about their past experiences with sexual abuse and harassment.
"There's moments that you have to evaluate whether silence is going to be your only option, and at certain times, that was our only option, but now is not that time," Witherspoon stated in the clip. Witherspoon stated that she was sexually abused by a director at the age of 16. While the actress has not named who the director was, she also stated that she is "getting to the place" of feeling empowered by her actions.
Also during the teaser clip, Portman discussed the importance of being able to treat men and women equally.
"I think it's treating people as fellow humans, and it's not because you have a daughter that you respect a woman. It's not because you have a wife or a sister. It's because we're human beings, whether we're related to a man or not. We deserve the same respect," Portman added.
Where It All Began
Time's Up was a part of the ripple effect from the Weinstein Epidemic that began in September 2017. After Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually abusing, raping, and harassing over 80 women, more men in Hollywood were outed as sexual predators.
Actors Kevin Spacey, Danny Masterson, Dustin Hoffman, Louis C.K., Ed Westwick, James Franco, and anchorman Matt Lauer were all accused of sexual misconduct by men and women.
Since then, Hollywood began to take cautious steps to make the studio environment a safer place for everyone. In addition to the "Time's Up" movement, there was a hotline created for anyone who has dealt with any form of harassment.
The interview will air during the CBS Sunday Morning program at 9 a.m. EST on CBS.