Elaine Welteroth also gave her take on the March 10th episode, making sure to address any false narrative that she or Sheryl went on the attack during the March 10th episode:
“I think when you go back and watch what happened in that episode, you will see two Black women walking the same tightrope that Black women are walking every single day in the workplace. As Sheryl said, we knew we had to stay composed in that situation, even in the face of someone who was A, not listening, and B, who went off the rails into disrespect when we were maintaining our respect within the context of this very complex, charged, emotional conversation.” Welteroth adds, “There have been a lot of false narratives that have been spun in the aftermath of what happened on that episode…this is the first time that I have had the opportunity to speak. And I think it’s really important that we have the opportunity to say that the false accusations that are swirling in the press that frame Sheryl and I as some kind of, you know, people who attacked a woman on air, and were part of some sort of, you know, conspiracy, that is absolutely, categorically false.”
Elaine also took the conversation back to its origin — the Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan Markle, noting that Markle’s impact is larger than just her own personal experience, she’s symbolic of how women of color everywhere find themselves mistreated and then subjected to further harm after their experiences are dismissed:
“I really think it’s bigger than Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan. I really think it’s important that we are able to see these pop culture examples, including what happened here on our show, as sort of a mirror that’s reflecting back patterns and you know, troubling experiences and dynamics that play out in everybody’s life…For me, I think a lot of women see themselves in Meghan Markle and her experience of being silenced, and then not being believed when she came forward with her truth, totally dismissed.” Welteroth adds, “I think when you deny a woman, or a woman or color, their truth and their experiences, you’re not just denying them, you’re denying that of every woman and woman of color who sees themselves in this person’s story.”
Listen, Elaine Welteroth cannot be f***ed with when it comes to breaking down social issues in pop culture. She is the QUEEN of that thing…
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