PBS has announced the premiere of a 5-part documentary TV series, #MeToo, Now What?, that will address sexual harassment. The series will interview both men and women who have suffered from sexual harassment, led by host and executive editor Zainab Salbi.
Each half-hour episode will focus on a particular aspect of sexual harassment, with men and women weighing in on how they have been affected. This will cover areas like harassment in the workplace, the impact of pop culture on how women are treated, how race and class are woven into the conversation and the inequality in payment, as well as gender discrimination. There are a ton of situations to cover, and #MeToo, Now What? looks to uncover each and every stone.
In addition to uncovering sexual harassment situations, Deadline reports that the series will also dip into an entire pool of guests of both men and women, ranging from industries like media, academics, business, arts, entertainment, fashion, and advertising. It will also feature activists, journalists, and celebrities weighing in on the subject.
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, a development and humanitarian organization that looks to serve women veterans by offering the support needed to re-acclimate to everyday life, as well as access to the tools and skills that will enable and employ them. She's also launched a talk show called The Nida'a Show that inspires and addresses Arab women. She's featured men and women from different backgrounds on her show, including Oprah Winfrey, who featured Salbi on her show several times. In addition to her show and humanitarian organization, she's written several books and is the editor-at-large of Women in the World.
The #MeToo movement was birthed in October 2017 to unearth the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment. Women, and men, from all over took to social media telling their horrifically sad stories about the harassment they have faced throughout their lives, but most notably in the workplace. Alyssa Milano popularized the phrase, encouraging women to tweet it to show people the increasing prevalence and magnitude of the problem. The movement seemed to be a response to the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the now derided film producer. Those allegations then started what seems like a landslide of Hollywood men who have been accused of sexual harassment, the most recent of which have been James Franco and Aziz Ansari. The response to the movement on Twitter was huge, with tweets from high-profile celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, Terry Crews, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman, and so many others.
The #MeToo, What Now? documentary series airs on PBS on February 2.