Tig Notaro Urges Us to Believe and Support Survivors on Late Show With Stephen Colbert
"I just really hope people will not drop the ball."
Tig Notaro appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert a few days ago, where the two talked about a plot line in One Mississippi that involves a predatory man in power.
The Daily Beast wrote about the scene in relation to Notaro’s frustration that Louis C.K.—who has not formally responded to sexual harassment allegations—is listed as an executive producer on her show. They describe it, “Specifically, we see a character forced to sit and watch as a man in power surreptitiously masturbates in front of her in the workplace.”
This aspect of the show portrays a part of being a woman that many can relate to, but feels especially timely with the Harvey Weinstein news that has resulted in more survivors coming forward and names being named. When Colbert asks Notaro if we’re seeing a possible shift in women becoming more comfortable moving forward with men facing ramification, or if the comedian hopes that is the case, she responds:
“That is the key word: I hope. And I feel like there is hope. I feel like it’s cracking the glass but it’s also something that needs to be continued—to discuss it and push it forward and for people to understand it’s happening.”
Notaro goes on the make the point that many have emphasized—that this happens everywhere. “Your heroes, people you work with, family members, you have to believe people when they come forward,” she says, “And even people that haven’t come forward yet, there are still sports figures, stand-up comedians, political figures, they’re everywhere. And it’s really really important—I just really hope people will not drop the ball and it’s such an exciting thing that these abusers are actually being taken down.”
“You have to support them and encourage people to come out and know that you will be there if and when they do.”
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