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Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to talk all things, Harvey Weinstein.
Oprah is the first guest of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new weekly podcast series for Goop (we couldn’t think of a better person to kick off the series, could you?) and the disgraced movie mogul was the big topic of conversation.
Gwyneth Paltrow was one of his first public victims, after the New York Times piece exposed HW’s predatory behavior back in October, revealing she was sexually abused by him when she was just 22 years old. And now, Oprah has her own stories to tell…
The talk show host spoke openly about how she felt bullied by Harvey Weinstein on several occasions, and also questioned herself for putting up with his behavior for so long…
“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,” she revealed on the podcast.
“What I do question for myself is why I was willing to put up with a 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 Winfrey, who is a firm and public supporter of the Time’s Up campaign, also addressed the question that many people have been asking – why now? Harvey Weinstein wasn’t the first person to be accused of sexual misconduct, so why has it taken so long for movements like Time’s Up and Me Too?
“It had been coming, it had been coming,” Oprah added.
“It had been coming and Weinstein was the moment was where it all crystallized. In order for a phenomenon to be a phenomenon, everything has to line up.
“It means the culture, the zeitgeist, for a particular moment in time to be ready, available and open to hear that message.”
You can hear the whole podcast on Goop after subscribing.