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Oprah And Russell Simmons

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For months, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering had pair of dream partners: Oprah Winfrey and Apple, who had committed to back their documentary about women who have accused hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. Book for Sundance Film Festival and Apples ' New streaming platform, Film was prim to be next high-profile media moment of MeToo Era. Then film Future was abruptly cast into doubt last week after Ms. Winfrey withdrew as executive producer and pulled it from Apple, citing creative differences with directors and suggesting that picture was being rushed to Sundance before I believed it was complete. But what preceded Ms. Winfreys announcement was more than just dispute over filmmaking. It involved intense campaign by Mr. Simmons and his supporters to get Ms. Winfrey to pull plug. That campaign also targeted some women in film on social media and, in at least one case, through direct contact with family member, in what women view as attempts to threaten and intimidate them ahead of film's premiere at Sundance, still scheduled for Jan. 25. Ms. Winfrey acknowledged to New York Times that Mr. Simmons had tried to get her to abandon project. He reached out multiple and attempted to pressure me, Ms. Winfrey say. She said he told her that woman at center of film, draw Dixon, was lying about their interactions. In addition, Ms. Winfrey say, she received phone calls from other people, whom she would not identify, also questioned Ms. Dixon's credibility. Ms. Winfrey that she still believes Ms. Dixon, though she also thinks there were inconsistencies in her account that Film had not adequately addressed, in addition to other issues she had with Film. Ms. Winfrey said was those reasons, and not Mr. Simmons ' protestations, that led her to pull support. I told him directly in phone call that I would not be pressured either into, or out of, backing this film, she say. I am only going to do what I believe to be right thing. But it was clear that Ms. Winfrey, according to people involved in internal conversations around film, was struggling over what to do, especially since she had appeared supportive of movie before Mr. Simmons began pushing back against it. She was aware of message she might send by backing out, giving her reputation as role model for African-American women and as one of America's most trusted voices of moral authority. Ms. Winfrey has spoken openly over years of being sexual abuse survivor herself. Her enormous following had made her appealing to Apple as it competes with other streaming services in attracting big names to deliver original content; Netflix had already enlisted new production company started by Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as series of accomplished producers. Film About Mr. Simmons Accusers, Titled On Record, Was To Be Ms.

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Disagreements and Double Binds

Before signing open letter asking Oprah Winfrey to rescind her endorsement of Jeanine Cummins ' American Dirt, her latest Book Club pick, Jose Antonio Vargas, spent day digging around on YouTube. I was listening to interviews between Toni Morrison and Oprah Winfrey, and I was listening them thinking, what would Toni Morrison say about this moment? What would say to Oprah Winfrey? Vargas, journalist and activist who immigrated to US from Philippines as child, was one of many writers letter attracted 138 signatories from literary world who asked Winfrey to rescind her selection of American Dirt. Novel, Written By Woman Who Is Identified As White And Latina And About Mother And Son Fleeing Violence Trying To Enter US At Border With Mexico, Has Been Widely Criticized For Condescending Treatment Of Race. And Winfreys ' inclusion in It has helped to kick off press cycle as negative As star has endured in memory. Winfrey is at once facing down American Dirt scandal and mounting criticism over her decision to withdraw from documentary about sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons, film that had been intended to be distributed on Apple TV Plus as part of her deal there. In tandem, two events have place on defensive adept at blazing her OWN trail. But enlisting her closest media allies, Gayle of CBS News, first among them to bat back criticism, Winfrey strides ON. On Record, documentary directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, lost Winfreys endorsement and her producer credit very late in process, when shortly before films ' Sundance debut, Winfrey determined that stories of Simmons accusers had inconsistencies unaddressed by Film. On Jan. 21 CBS News interview with King and her This Morning co-hosts, Winfrey acknowledged that Simmons pressured her publicly and privately to step away from Film, but stated she felt she had do right thing in spite of that pressure and not because of it. Film Lost Its Apple Distribution, Making It Second Of Two Winfrey-brand Products Under Her Apple Deal, Along With Episode Of Oprah Book Club Focus On American Dirt To Create Headaches Rather Than Halo For Tech Giant. No shortage of evidence indicates Winfreys ' commitment to prior to her sudden withdrawal. Numerous insiders close to project tell Variety that month before Harpo executives saw final cut of on Record last October, Winfrey screened version of film and sent it to artist John Legend, with hope that he would contribute end credits song. Legend fully supports accusers in film but passed on opportunity, two people familiar with his thinking say, feeling it was more appropriate for woman of color to produce song, give message of film.

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A Partnership Fractures

On Record isnt just documentary. On top of illuminating stories of women who have allegedly been assaulted by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, its type of film that is poised to spark meaningful, concrete change in lives of survivors and broader culture that can both uplift and resent them. Director-producers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering tie their work to journey of survivor Draw Dixon, who, as young & R executive at Def Jam in early 90s was reportedly assaulted by Simmons and later harassed by Record executive LA Reid, leading her to leave industry altogether despite her success producing hits like Youre All I Need by Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige. She came forward in NEW YORK Times article alongside two other women to discuss her story. Today, there are 20 women on record accusing Simmons sexual assault and impropriety. Documentary Begins By Placing Itself Within Reckoning That Is Me Too Movement, Questioning Whose Stories That Movement Has Historically Amplify. As journalist and radio producer Bim Adewunmi notes in opening moments, I dont think its coincidence that most women who have come forward in Hollywood have been white women. I dont think coincidence that they are genuinely quite successful. On Record primarily builds itself around Dixons ' story, while glancing at accounts of other women in hip-hop community at Time, and confronts multitude of dilemmas: specific ways Black women experience misogyny, way that misogyny operates in hip-hop industry specifically, paths to success available to women there, and aftermath of experiencing trauma in these spaces. In doing so, film acts as rallying cry, balm, instructional piece, and necessary corrective for ongoing public conversation, which at times feels like more than single documentary can bear. Undoubtedly, stories of each woman featured in documentary, starting With Drew Dixon, are striking and compelling. They force you to bear witness to patterns of men like Russell Simmons and women whose they warp and livelihoods they squander. Their stories echo one another in moving ways that, as survivor myself, hit me to my core. On Record works best as kind of chorus; each story, each tear, emphasizing one that come before it. Film which was, it feel important to note, directed by two White filmmakers, therefore err in its decision to move only Dixon to front, shoving rest of women to side, most of whom are only show fleetingly toward end of documentary.

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