REUTERS

Weinstein Rebukes Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o is the only Black actress to publicly come forward and share her experience of sexual harassment by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.


In his denials of wrongdoing, Weinstein has not specifically named any of his more than 50 white female accusers, which include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra. But he made a public statement responding to Nyong’o’s claim to flat-out deny it and put the blame on her.

Nyong’o, 34, contributed an op-ed to The New York Times, published Oct. 20, extensively detailing her account of instances where she was in the presence of Weinstein.

“Now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing,” she wrote. “I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach.”

The day after the actress, who won an Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” published her piece, Weinstein issued the followingstatementthrough his representative:

“Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry,” the statement reads. “Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show ‘Eclipsed.'”

Sheela Raja, a clinical psychologist specializing in sexual assault and author of “Overcoming Trauma and PTSD,” explained Weinstein’s choice to confront Nyong’o.

“There are unconscious biases we have about people who seem credible, who we see as a ‘good’ example of a victim,”Raja toldThe Sacramento Bee. “He’s targeting the person he thinks is most vulnerable.”

Many were outraged by Weinstein’s efforts to specifically call out the actress:

Actress and activist Jane Fonda cut to the chase in an interview on Wednesday saying allegations of sexual harassment and assault made by Black women and other women of color don’t get the same public attention as accusations made by “famous and white” women.

Fonda, along with Gloria Steinem, were guests on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” to discuss the Weinstein scandal.

“This moment, this ‘me too’ moment,” Hayes began, “the Weinstein dam breaking was one thing, and then this sort of cascade afterward. I’ve been reading account after account. What do you make of this moment we’re in”

“It feels different,” Fonda said. “It feels as if something has shifted.

“It’s too bad that it’s probably because so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them.

“This has been going on a long time to Black women and other women of color and it doesn’t get out quite the same. But, I think it’s so huge, this story.

“And so much is coming out that it shows it went on for so long, over so many countries, with people pimping for him, that it’s really made a big difference that women have come forward. Hopefully, it’s like a domino effect, affecting other industries.”

Fonda’s comments caused a stir on social media. Roland Martin,commentator for TV One and the host of “News One Now” tweeted:

Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center and daughter of slain civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King,tweeted, “Jane Fonda’s words underscore the need for an understanding of intersectionality and issues relative to Black women.”

In regard to allegations of sexual assault, Raja said that stereotypes about Black women from slavery continue to “pervade our society.”

“Look at the history of this country, such as slavery and Jim Crow laws, that basically said white men had the right to do what they wanted with Black women,” she told The Sacramento Bee. “Unfortunately, stereotypes that came from that time of Black women being sexually available and promiscuous pervade our society even now. … That means they may not fit into the image of a ‘believable woman’ that many people have.”

#MeToo

Women around the world have used the hashtag #MeToo to share accounts of sexual harassment or assault.Actress Alyssa Milano gave the hashtag a boost using her Twitter account.

However, in 2006, feminist Tarana Burke created Just Be Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps victims of sexual harassment and assault. Burke gave her movement a name: Me Too.

Milano later tweeted:

“Some women of color noted pointedly that the longtime effort by Ms. Burke, who is Black, had not received support over the years from prominent white feminists,” according toThe New York Times.

Twitter users have noted Burke’s efforts:

Read more news @ DiversityInc.com

Latest News

ICE, whistleblower hysterectomies, COVID

ICE Whistleblower Alleges Unnamed Doctor Performing Hysterectomies, Denying COVID Tests to Detainees

At Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment centers, undocumented detainees are being subjected to “questionable” hysterectomies and are being denied COVID tests, according to a whistleblower. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA recently filed a whistleblower complaint alleging medical neglect. A…

nielsen

Launching Nielsen Compass: A World-Leading and Powerful Campaign Outcomes Database

Originally published on nielsen.com. ADVERTISERS, AGENCIES AND PUBLISHERS TO LEVERAGE INSIGHTS FROM WORLD LEADING, OUTCOME MEASUREMENT DATASET TO MAKE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS, OPTIMIZE BUDGETS AND PREDICT SALES ROI Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) today announced that it is launching Nielsen Compass, a powerful, world leading database that leverages the company’s global scale to…

Mastercard Outlines Sustainability Goals

Originally published on mastercardcontentexchange.com. Now is the time to work together to create a better world. If there’s a silver lining to this tumultuous time we’re living through, it’s that the pandemic has shown clearly just how interconnected we all are. The actions of an individual — whether by taking…

Cigna

Cigna Launches Evernorth to Accelerate Delivery of Innovative and Flexible Health Services and Flexible

Originally published on Cigna.com  Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) announces the launch of Evernorth, a new brand for its growing, high-performing health services portfolio. Evernorth will accelerate delivery of innovative and flexible solutions to meet the diverse needs of health plans, employers, and government organizations. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release…

AT&T Works with Year Up to Close the Opportunity Divide

Originally published on ATT.com Young people are facing strong headwinds as they pursue career success in today’s economy. But there are bright spots. Now and in coming weeks, we’re highlighting individuals working hard to succeed despite their challenges. We’re raising awareness of what’s possible to inspire and encourage others. It’s…

ADP® DataCloud Wins 2020 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Breakthrough Award

Originally published on ADP.com Powerful workforce analytics solution honored for innovative application of predictive analytics and machine learning Recognized as a leading company in the global AI market today, ADP was selected as a winner in the 2020 AI Breakthrough Awards for its innovative workforce analytics solution, ADP® DataCloud. Named as winner for…