The woman who launched the Me Too movement 12 years ago to bring awareness to sexual harassment is offended by director Lee Daniels' plans to create a #MeToo comedy.
Tarana Burke criticized the 'Precious' director for making a comedy based on her movement.
Burke said Daniels's plan to create a comedy based on #MeToo made the hair stand up on her arms. "To put Me Too and comedy in the same sentence is so deeply offensive and not because I'm uptight and I don't see comedy in things. We're not ready for a comedy and it's just so offensive that you think in this moment when we're still unpacking the issue that you can write a comedy about it."
Burke said Hollywood should help people understand the gravity behind the words and that it's not just used as, 'Oh, look who got Me Too'd, ha-ha,' like a punch line."
"That's exactly why it's important to get in the writers' rooms now and to connect with Hollywood now," she told the New York Times. She added that she feared the Me Too movement was losing its meaning and becoming a punch line.
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