Tarana Burke doesn’t think Ryan Seacrest should be in attendance at tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony. Burke, who began the #MeToo movement, tells Variety in a new interview that E! “really shouldn’t send him” because “we shouldn’t have to make those choices of, ‘Do we or don’t we?’”
Seacrest, who hosts the red carpet for E!, has been accused of sexual misconduct. “This is not about his guilt or innocence. It’s about there being an accusation that’s alive, and until they sort of out, it’s really on E! News and shouldn’t be on us,” Burke continues. “It will let us know where they stand in terms of how respectful E! News is of this issue — and of women.”
She also expresses relief that Harvey Weinstein won’t be in attendance. “I have heard from actresses who’ve said, ‘You don’t understand how strange it is that he’s not here because [Weinstein] was ever-present,’” Burke says. “They were expressing a sense of relief at not having to see him and not having to pretend anymore. It feels like the veil has lifted.” Read her full interview here.