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Posted: October 22, 2018

Comedian D.L. Hughley on #MeToo: Women need to believe women 

Last year, actress Alyssa Milano helped spark the #MeToo campaign on Twitter, a phrase first coined by Tarana Burke in 2006. Since Milano's tweet, thousands of victims of sexual harassment have spoken up and identified themselves on social media.

By Fiza Pirani

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Comedian D.L Hughley, who hosts a locally syndicated radio show on Classix 102.9, recently addressed the #MeToo movement on BuzzFeed’s Facebook series, “Profile.

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Hughley said the #MeToo movement feels “disingenuous” and criticized women who continue to support powerful men accused of sexual misconduct, including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby and, most prominently, President Donald Trump. He pointed out that “fifty-two percent of White women voted for a man they believe to be a sexual predator.”

“Men have done horrible things. I’ve never been more ashamed of being a man than I have in the last few weeks but I’ve been taken aback by women. It isn’t that men don’t believe women it’s that women don’t believe women,” he said. But “it isn't that men don't believe women; it's that women don't believe women. Like, women will do better when they start believing in themselves.”

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Hughley also elaborated on his recent tweets about convicted rapist Bill Cosby, pointing out that there’s a larger #Y’allToo movement at hand.

 

“I'm not saying that Bill Cosby shouldn't be in jail, but I'm saying he should have some company,” the comedian said. “If I was Bill Cosby, I'd start a #Y'allToo movement, and it would have Catholic priests, a Supreme Court justice, and the president.”

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Viewers had a lot to say about Hughley’s stance.

“He is just speaking the truth, which makes ‘some’ people uncomfortable,” one commenter wrote.

But others felt he was “downplaying” movement and its impact. As BuzzFeed News pointed out, Hughley also failed to mention the founder of the movement, Tarana Burke, who launched #MeToo a decade ago to aid underprivileged women of color affected by sexual abuse.

   

You can watch the full “Profile” episode at facebook.com.


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