Oprah Winfrey: ‘There Is No Playbook for These Times, Especially When It Comes to How People Should Talk About the Topic’

By A.J. Katz Comment

The day after making a widely-praised Cecil B. DeMille award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, CBS Sunday Morning contributing correspondent Oprah Winfrey sat down with high-profile organizers of the Time’s Up movement, which raises awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Gayle King – a close friend of Winfrey’s –  said on the Friday edition of CBS This Morning that the interview was supposed to take place the day before Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, but ended up being pushed to the day after. A blessing in disguise, perhaps.

“So just think about that. They were trying to make it work for Saturday and it didn’t and then they had it — as it turns out, Monday was a better time after the Golden Globes,” said King.

This is the first story Winfrey is filing for the program, and participants included entertainment industry luminaries, Natalie Portman, Shonda Rimes, Kathleen Kennedy, Tracie Ellis Ross, and Reese Witherspoon, who just so happened to introduce Winfrey at the Globes.

“There are moments that you have to evaluate whether silence is going to be your only option,” says Witherspoon. “And certain times that was our only option. But now is not that time.”

Witherspoon talks about the fact that she was sexually assaulted by a director when she was just 16.

“We’re humans. We’re all humans,” Portman says. “And I think it’s treating people as fellow humans and – 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.”

The women are among more than 1,000 people – men and women – who signed on to support Time’s Up, designed to address sexual harassment in the workplace in all industries.

The segment will air during tomorrow’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning.

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