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A #MeToo Thanksgiving | Full Frontal on TBS

A #MeToo Thanksgiving | Full Frontal on TBS

It’s been 13 years since
Tarana Burke began the #MeToo movement and two
years since the #MeToo hashtag blew up and
allowed survivors to share their stories. We thought it was time to
check in with the brave women who championed the movement. Take a look. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER): It’s
been two years since the #MeToo movement sparked a
trash fire that’s still burning Matt Lauer’s pubes. So I sat down with
Tarana Burke, the woman who founded the movement to
find out how far we’ve come. So many movements start
with good intentions, and then get distorted, like how
high-waisted jeans were meant to make your legs look
long, but instead, they make your crotch look long. How has the #MeToo
movement been distorted? What most people think #MeToo
is is so far from what we actually are, which is a
movement to support survivors and to end sexual violence. The way we define it is
as a public health crisis. There were 12 million people
who responded to the hashtag in 24 hours. Imagine if we woke
up tomorrow and 12 million people came
forward and said they had some rare disease. Our whole world would stop. The two-year anniversary
of the #MeToo hashtag was just a couple of weeks ago. Have you gotten a lot
of media requests? Tons of media requests, lots
of them that I turned down. Because so many of them
wanted me to talk about what the road back was for
the men who had been accused in the last two years. Is there a pathway back
for the journalists who keep asking you those questions? Right? How about you talk to some of
the women who came forward? The #MeToo movement
has been built on the backs of survivors. And we’re like, thanks, and
then we throw them away. We should be thanking
survivors and the people who support this movement. Oh my god. You’re so right. We should be thanking
these people. [GASPS] You know
what I could do? I could throw them a
lovely autumnal meal. I’m going to call it Sam’s
Food Day of Gratitude. It’s perfect. No, no. That’s already a thing. We could make a
pie out of pumpkins. What? That’s already a holiday. I’m going to kill a bird. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER):
Introducing Sam’s Food Day of Gratitude, a special
holiday where we make a feast and give thanks to
the people who made the #MeToo movement possible. Of the many turkeys available,
I chose three and prepared them in the traditional style. Harvey Weinstein– watch
out, potted plants. Bill O’Reilly– the
other white meat. And of course, Mario Batali. I had some really
special guests– Megan Twohey and Jodi
Kantor, the reporters who exposed the Weinstein
scandal, Chanel Miller, author of “Know My Name,” and
June Barrett, an organizer for domestic workers. This was going to be the
best Sam’s Food Day ever. Welcome, everyone. Thank you for your amazing work. What do you think that the
successes of the #MeToo movement have been so far? Remember that before the
Weinstein story was published, we had no idea what
was going to happen. A few nights before
the story came out, we looked at each
other, and we just said, is anybody going to care? And I think that one thing we
have all felt in the last two years is the incredible
potential for these stories to matter more than any
of us have ever dreamed. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER): Yes,
women’s voices do matter, as long as they’re not too shrill. Sorry. And for many survivors
of sexual assault, reclaiming their
narrative is essential. When I released my statement,
my anonymity was protected. And I felt like that was
really good for self-protection in the beginning. But over time, it was
really suffocating. I want the end goal not to
be that I stayed hidden, but that I was
finally able to live fully and let go of my story
and be able to transcend it. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER): And
each person who speaks out inspires the next. For me, I’m a rape survivor. After telling my story, a burden
lifted, and for the first time, healing for me begun. And I made the decision then
that I was going to empower other women to come forward. So right now we are going after
a national domestic worker bill of rights and doing
some aggressive organizing. Aggressive organizing is like
apple picking for my family. I make them do it as often
as they possibly can. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER): While
June fights for the rights of domestic workers,
journalists are exposing the systems behind
the men exposing themselves. In this country, we’ve got
a gigantic underground system for paying women to keep
these stories silent. Systemically, these
stories get erased. There were as many as
12 secret settlements that Weinstein had
paid and really no way for any of those women to
know that they were one of 12. We want to expose
the machinery that’s been in place to silence
women and basically continue to put them in harm’s way. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER):
So we’re making progress, but the game’s still rigged. And many survivors remain
scared to speak out. After I read my statement
at the sentencing, I genuinely believed
I had failed. It’s only because
it was released and people responded
that I am here today. But there is a parallel universe
that could have happened had people not been there. And that’s what really
continues to scare me. And I think it’s weird given
that we’ve all been talking about #MeToo for two years that
there’s not that much serious discussion of, say,
federal sexual harassment laws are incredibly weak. That’s why it’s
important that we continue to fight so that not one woman,
especially marginalized women, will be left behind. SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER):
These women are right. We need to demand change
on a federal level. If only there was
someone who knew how to activate millions of people. [GASPS] Tarana, I’m so sorry. I didn’t forget about you. I fixed you a plate. Oh, thank you. You got the Croc. That’s good luck. How do we keep
this movement going forward in the right direction? Well I’ve started a new
hashtag called #MeTooVoter. We want a presidential
candidate who will legislate to protect people
from sexual violence and also provide resources for
people who have experienced it. Nobody has spoken to that. Really? Because that seems
like something that Joe Biden would really
like to grab by the shoulders and discuss intensely. [LAUGHS] Don’t get me
started about Joe Biden. Bless his heart. Wait. Do you really mean
bless his heart, or do you mean something else? SAMANTHA BEE (VOICEOVER): While
we’re blessing their hearts, it would be nice if they blessed
us with some real leadership. Demand that candidates
address sexual violence with the hashtag #MeTooVoter. Should we do it? Should we break the Croc? OK. Oh, you won. Make a wish. Are you making one? Mm-hmm. Is your wish that I was
not making you do this? Mm-hmm.

Reader Comments

  1. Samantha and all of Brave women who took part in this serious discussion i hope the best for you in your long battle ahead of you and i promise to be looking and voting for only candidates who take abuse cases seriously no matter the abuse

  2. I'd like to give thanks for this program continuing to post segments on YouTube and available to all. I am currently living in Thailand and often videos are not available. So THANK YOU for being commited to sharing this amazing show. 😊

  3. Wow — I'm never this early. The shillbots aren't here yet.
    235 likes : 10 dislikes = 95.92% likes as of UCT 2019-11-21 @ 01:02

  4. When are victims of women why is so wrong for them to want protection men from other. Like Malik ST Hilair or Brian Banks or Jian Ghomeshi

  5. You lost me with Al Franken. It's sad that a tiny minority of women used this cause for personal advancement and it's just as sad that no women ever called them out for it.

  6. The Metoo Movement is changing the world in Russia we only used accussations on Facebook to medle I one forign Election

  7. Medical experts don't go on who we believe they actually examon why do you think so many women's stories are dismissed after medical examination

  8. Sooooo, is me too just for women? Cause nobodys standing up for the men, fkem I guess?.. and why hasn't this movement set up any repercussions for ppl that grift the system with false accusations? I'm very confused at what the movement has become.

  9. Haha. I know at my family Thanksgiving we’re always expected to say what we’re thankful for. I’m going to say β€œ#metoo” movement and Black Lives Matter

  10. Huh. Never seen such obvious sockpuppets this early in a comment thread on YouTube before. Especially not ones with such atrocious English.

  11. Thankyou so much T Burke! Even though the surrounding conversation which has at times been toxic has been very triggering for survivors, the original message Me Too has been very powerful for me and helps me get through my day around ppl who don’t experience the same symptoms. Feeling not alone and that someone somehow somewhere understands is a blessing I’m very thankful for 😊

  12. Gillibrand addressed it, along with electoral reform and medicare for all, but her campaign died because nobody would cover her since we were busy wasting time on candidates like Beto, Yang, Williamson, and Gabbard.

  13. I'm so excited for Rosmund Pike and Rose Byrne to play these two amazing journalists in a movie about breaking the Weinstein story.

  14. Joe Biden will likely get the nomination, which is completely reprehensible. But, I know Warren and Sanders would absolutely adopt this into their platform.

  15. First of all i take my hat off to the #metoo movement in bringing amongst others Harvey Weinstein to justice, BUT, why did this movement suddenly become sooooooo silent after one of there biggest stars Asia Argenta got caught doing the exact same thing they condem????. Nothing was said, no public humility, no trial, no demands on retribution……nothing!!. This is where i lost all respect for the movement…….

  16. Why sign a non disclosure contract and take money if you are a victim? That’s not justice…and will cause more of the same problem for others…

  17. Real talk? Not far apparently, I was shocked to find out the other day that Weinstein still isn't in JAIL WHAAAT??? YO WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM SERIOUSLY!!!

  18. #TurkeysToo Go vegan. this is not food this is violence. turkeys doesn't deserve that. turkey voices do matters. F**k you, you speciest.

  19. Oh my God Sam bee! Bernie Sanders has been an advocate for #metoo but you (laughing stated) refuse to acknowledge his existence! Why not throw another presidential announcement party to resuscitate Kamala Harris?

  20. Thanks to the brave women of #metoo, lets us have a president who could take the issues of harassment and violence against women seriously through #metoovoter, lets ensure women are empowered and protected on the federal level. CHANGE IS COMING.

  21. Tarana Burke seems like a fun person. So often in this joke interviews the person never really seems to know what to do with them selves. She is just laughing and still talking serious Go Tarana

  22. Weird. Why wasn't this video in my feed? I had to click on the other Sam Bee video to get this recommended to me.πŸ€”πŸ€¨

  23. It's kind of irritating that so many people both for and against what they think "#MeToo" is had never heard of Tarana Burke until they saw this. Really, ask yourself how often you hear her name in ANY discussion/debate about MeToo…esp on social media. But that's how if often goes: People like Tarana Burke, Colin Kaepernick and others try to say something, and somehow America turns it into a food fight about nonsense that has little, if anything, to do with what the movement was about.

  24. I love you guys. And I love anyone reading this. If you've been subjected to a #metoo moment, I hope this helps you feel you're not alone. It helps me <3

  25. I don't quite understand people (mostly, but – bizarrely – a few women) who think that "feminists hate men". WHAT? I know lots of feminists, and none think this. Even Gloria Steinem has said "she likes men". In my view, feminists just wants the same rights for everyone, male or female. My mum was sort of an early feminist – when the school directory came up, and she was listed as "Mrs. [my dad's first name] (Our last name)", she went up to the school and complained "that she has her own name"and she had to put up with comments at work like "Would you hold it against me, if I told you I loved your body?" [Har de har-har]

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  27. I love Samantha Bee! It is so refreshing as a woman to see this incredibly talented and smart lady always standing up to everyone in the funniest, and snarkiest way possible;)

  28. Wolf Blitzer interviewed Nikki Haley a week ago and one of the clips he used was of Matt Lauer interviewing Haley. I guess the status quo is in full force.

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