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Time’s Up Rips NBC

Dec 2, 2019  •  Post A Comment

The women’s advocacy group Time’s Up, which was formed as the #MeToo movement was getting up to speed in Hollywood, fired a salvo at NBC as the network deals with fallout from the departure of Gabrielle Union as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”

Variety reports: “Newly appointed Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen decried what she observed as a ‘pattern’ within NBC as an institution — one that protects powerful men and retaliates against women who speak out, she said.”

Tchen is quoted by Variety saying: “Gabrielle Union’s experience at ‘America’s Got Talent’ is exemplary of the double bind that black women face at work. Not only did Union reportedly endure and witness racist and inappropriate behavior — including racially insensitive comments and excessive criticism about her physical appearance — but it also appears she was punished for speaking out: The company labeled her as ‘difficult’ before ousting her from the show altogether.”

Tchen added: “Union’s story is deeply troubling on its own, but her experience is particularly problematic because it follows a pattern of NBCUniversal protecting the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak out. Union’s experience shows that NBCUniversal still has a lot of work to do to change its culture so discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are no longer tolerated at the company.”

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