Oprah Winfrey recently doubled down surrounding her decision to interview Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men who claimed they experienced years of abuse at the hands of entertainer Michael Jackson.
The backlash that Winfrey has received has been palpable as new discrepancies arise over the timing of one of the alleged incidents in the documentary. Winfrey reiterated that her decision was based on the idea that their stories paralleled the millions of people who have survived sexual molestation and abuse.
“When I first saw that documentary, I realized a lot of people were going to get triggered watching it, and that a lot of people will not understand what the pattern is,” Oprah said during a Wednesday evening interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.
“Because I had done 217 shows [on The Oprah Winfrey Show] trying to get people to understand that it’s not about one person, it’s about the pattern, it’s about the seduction. People called it molestation but there is a big seducing that goes on and the pattern of that seducing. And that was important enough to me to take the hateration.”
After Noah asked Oprah if she ever felt like rescinding her decision to interview the accusers, but instead she made her stance crystal clear.
“I have not wavered,” she answered.
“You know why I have not wavered? I’ve had girls at my school who were sexually assaulted and abused. And I have never won a case, and the reason I have never won a case is because when you put a girl on the witness stand and she can’t remember if it was Thursday or Wednesday, it’s automatically discredited. When you’re in the midst of trauma, you may not remember the exact time.”
The issue is also central to Winfrey, who herself is a victim of child molestation. She said that no matter the discrepancies in the recollection of the victim’s timeline, it does not negate that the event happened. “Everyone’s like ‘well, okay, I guess it never happened.’ I’ve been through that, so, no.”