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The Talk - Elaine Welteroth Says 'Women See Themselves in Meghan Markle'

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Host Elaine Welteroth reflects on Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey as discussed on the March 10th episode of "The Talk" and how she and women in general can relate. "I really think it's bigger than Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan. I really think it's important that we are able to see these pop culture examples, including what happened here on our show, as sort of a mirror that's reflecting back patterns and you know, troubling experiences and dynamics that play out in everybody's life... For me, I think a lot of women see themselves in Meghan Markle and her experience of being silenced, and then not being believed when she came forward with her truth, totally dismissed." Welteroth adds, "I think when you deny a woman, or a woman or color, their truth and their experiences, you're not just denying them, you're denying that of every woman and woman of color who sees themselves in this person's story."

Video Transcript

- Elaine, in our conversations leading up to this, you know, it was something really important for you in this conversation related to Meghan Markle and her experience, and that being very dismissed. And I know you wanted to share a little bit about your background and why that was so personal for you. And I think that's really important.

- Well, I really think it's bigger than Meghan Markle or Piers Morgan. I really think it's important that we're able to see these pop culture examples-- including what happened here on our show-- as sort of a mirror that's reflecting fact patterns and, you know, troubling experiences and dynamics that play out in everybody's life, and workplaces all over this country, and families all over this world. So for me, I think a lot of women see themselves in Meghan Markle and her experience of being silenced and then not being believed when she came forward with her truth.

- Totally dismissed.

- Totally dismissed.

- I believe nothing you say.

- Mm-hmm.

- And I think when you deny a woman, or woman of color, their truth and their experiences, you're not just denying them. You're denying that of every woman and woman of color who sees themself in this person's story.

- I think we also did a disservice to the mental health community, because she was speaking about her mental health experience.

- That's right.

- And it makes it such that some people won't show up for that.

- That's right.

- That's right.

[APPLAUSE]

- [INAUDIBLE], that's right.