Noël Wells to men: Shut up and listen
Noël Wells, actor, director, writer and star of “Master of None,” is speaking out about sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
The outpour of sexual assault allegations in the industry is forcing some prominent men to take responsibility as well as providing a space for women, who’ve been grappling with experiences that they were long made to believe were their fault.
“It’s taken me 30 years to recognize what’s been happening to me and the women around me,” Wells, who wrote and directed “Mr. Roosevelt,” told Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams on “Salon Talks.” “All I know is that I feel bad all the time and it’s hard for me to get the jobs I want or to be taken seriously.”
She says in the last two years, her own thinking has transformed from self-blame to the realization that this treatment of women in the entertainment industry is systematic. Wells added, “And to have these things finally come to light, it’s like oh my God, so finally people will hear me and believe me, and other women will also understand what’s happening to them?”
Beyond a changing of a culture, which Wells acknowledges is paramount, she hopes that once men stop abusing their power and begin to understand the repercussions of their actions, “then,” she said, “maybe we can all just start doing our work.”Tune into SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage," daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon and on Facebook.