Media mogul Oprah is no stranger to scrutiny and controversy, but it surely’s admittedly arduous to see her finest buddy be attacked and dragged on social media.
Oprah bought emotional in the present day (Feb. 7) throughout an look on Today with Hoda & Jenna whereas discussing the criticism Gayle King has obtained for asking a number of questions on Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case in an interview with Bryant’s buddy WNBA star Lisa Leslie.
Oprah even revealed that King has obtained demise threats and now needs to be escorted by safety due to the scenario.
“She is not doing well,” Oprah stated, tearing up after being requested how King was doing.
“She has now death threats and has to now travel with security and she’s feeling very much attacked,” she continued. “Obviously all things pass, she will be okay, but she hasn’t slept in two days.”
.@Oprah emotionally responds to backlash her buddy Gayle King obtained over King’s current interview about Kobe Bryant with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie: “She is not doing well because she has now death threats.” pic.twitter.com/M8HrCp8vTr
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) February 7, 2020
Oprah says that she understands how the clip on the middle of the controversy can appear problematic out of context and agrees that individuals have the fitting to specific their opinions and frustration.
But “the misogynist vitriol and the attacking to the point where it is dangerous to be in the streets alone” is when the criticism crosses a line.
She says the very best factor she will do proper now is be there for her buddy, sharing that they’ve talked a number of instances over the previous few days.
“I think you stand in the gap, you try to be there for your friends. But this is very hard, because when you have social media and the force of social media, and particularly people who didn’t see either interview, making attacks.”
King addressed the viral clip in a private video she posted yesterday (Feb. 6).
She defined the clip was a part of an extended, wide-ranging interview with Leslie about Bryant’s legacy. She slammed CBS for posting the clip out of context with out her information.
“If I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry,” King stated.
CBS later shared a press release supporting King.
“Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant,” the assertion learn. “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”