‘#MeToo, Now What?’ asks where we go from here in a five-part PBS miniseriesOn January 16, 2018 by Lucius
Believe it or not, the world has changed for the better in a lot of ways over the past year. But we still have a long way to go.
In #MeToo, Now What?, a newly announced five-part PBS miniseries, host Zainab Salbi will take a closer at the ongoing conversation around sexual misconduct. It’s not a recap of 2017 and beyond, but rather a forward-looking consideration of what happens next as the toxic level of gender inequity in our society continues to be rooted out.
The official synopsis from PBS sums up the series’ intent:
In the current moment, when sexual harassment is at the forefront of the national conversation, #MeToo, Now What? aims to take the discussion to another level, engaging both women and men from all generations and walks of life in dialogue about these difficult issues. With the goal of making sense of these tumultuous times, the series seeks to answer this: How did we get here and how can we use this moment to effect positive and lasting change?
Each of the five episodes will focus on different aspects of sexual harassment. One explores how the shifts in pop culture filter down to women in the workplace. Another factors in the all-important considerations of race and class through the lens of this ongoing conversation.
Salbi will be the guiding voice all throughout, exploring these issues through a series of interviews with all manner of people, including celebrities, politicians, members of the press, activists, and ordinary citizens.
“In order for this conversation to create true cultural change, we must talk with the man on the street, in our lives, our colleagues and friends,” Salbi said in a statement. “Equally, we need to have the conversation with the women in our lives to examine why, when we’ve seen sexual misconduct, we’ve often looked the other way when it didn’t impact us directly.”
At the age of 23, Salbi founded Women for Women International, a charitable organization committed to helping marginalized women improve their lives in an assortment of ways. Her background means she brings a wealth of experience on the topics each episode of #MeToo sets out to explore.
There’s no trailer for the series, but you won’t have to wait long to see it: The first episode of #MeToo, Now What? premieres Feb. 2 on PBS.