Oprah Winfrey backar ur MeToo-dokumentär om Russell Simmons

Får beröm av 50 Cent.



Under helgen har det varit en del turer kring den kommande dokumentären om de sexuella anklagelserna som riktats mot skivbolagsmogulen Russell Simmons. Fram tills nyligen skulle nämligen media-profilen Oprah Winfrey vara delaktig i dokumentären, något som Simmons i ett långt meddelande på sociala medier var upprörd över. Men nu ska Oprah ha backat ur projektet, något som 50 Cent välkomnar. “Power”-skaparen delade under helgen en artikel från Deadline och skrev:


“Alright, alright, alright Oprah we love you, thank you for responding and if you ever need me for anything I’m here.#starzgettheapp #abcforlife.”





Dokumentären ska kretsa kring Drew Dixon som hävdar att Def Jam Recordings-grundaren våldtog henne i hans lägenhet i New York 1995. Trots att Oprah har sagt sig tro det påstådda offrets version menar hon att hon haft meningsskiljaktigheter med skaparen av dokumentären och att hon nu därför distanserar sig från projektet och därmed hindrar den från att visas via Apple TV+.


I ett uttalande som citeras av Deadline ska Oprah ha sagt att mer arbete krävdes för att “illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”


“In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are talented filmmakers.”


“I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers’ desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it’s best to step aside. I will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment”, lyder de fullständiga citaten.


Simmons ska som sagt ha varit djupt besviken och chockad över Oprahs inblandning i projektet då de båda är goda vänner. I ett långt Instagram-inlägg som han repostade under lördagen, uttrycker han sin besvikelse.



Visa det här inlägget på Instagram

#Repost @unclerush when documentary was announced.. Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Your doc is focused on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT/ (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case PROOF EXISTS of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers,their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. … In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, i have even been unconsciously callous , but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind us Love you

Ett inlägg delat av Russell Simmons (@unclerush)



50 tog redan då Russel Simmons sida och ifrågasatte Oprah för att endast kritisera svarta män.


“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent”, skrev han i inlägget.


Se nedan!





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