In the wake of Last week Tonight John Oliver broke the format for a very good thing – he sat down for an interview with Anita Hill to discuss the #MeToo Movement
Back in 1991, Hill came forward to accuse US Supreme Court Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee for eight hours, and eventually the committee decided to set aside her testimony and validate Thomas for the court in which he now sits. "It is depressing how many of the techniques to undermine them are still to be found in the Senate discussion on them today," Oliver said, tapping them out on his hand, "Concern over false allegations that accuse the victim of character murder," said Oliver. Despite this frustrating experience, thanks to the rise of the #MeToo and the Time's Up Movement, Hill is confident that something will change.
"There was a tremendous amount of change in public attitudes and there was a change in sexual harassment information ," Hill told Oliver. "Just a few years ago, people were ambivalent about what the consequences were when it came to behaving incredibly badly in the workplace."
The timing of the interview was particularly forward-looking, as it was only two days after CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves was accused of inappropriate workplace behavior. Moonves was one of the many prominent Hollywood names attending the inaugural meeting of the Commission on the Elimination of Sexual Harassment and Promotion of Equality in the Workplace Ronan Farrows Exposé on Moonves in The New Yorker 19659023]. The organization has downplayed its involvement in their important work
Moonves is just the latest powerful man to be exposed, causing some men to claim that they fear being alone with women , Through a series of clips showing Fox News personalities (all, of course, male) who said they or their friends were afraid of being alone with women today, Oliver Hill asked if that was normal. "Not if they're not bothersome," Hill said. "If you're a nuisance, then you should be scared."
Oliver also admitted that he did not speak out when he had seen inappropriate behavior in the past, claiming that he had power dynamics Scared. After Hill had given him – and the audience – tips on how he could handle the situation better in the future, Oliver asked her how she felt about the movement now. "I feel more optimistic than 27 years ago," said Hill. "If we do nothing, there will be no change."