As you watch The Me You Can’t See, you can feel the narrative and the conversation Oprah and Prince Harry want to have, and it’s a big conversation. It’s not a conversation based on a single question with a single yes or no answer. It’s about how the human mind works and processes trauma. They show how someone with a mental illness can heal and function, and what can be done to process grief, anger, fear, anxiety and depression. The show is edited around a somewhat recent-feeling conversation between Oprah and Harry as they discuss mental health and what they’ve both learned from their own journeys. It’s honestly an interesting series just because I’m not really aware of anything else like it on network, cable or a premium streaming service: a nuanced conversation, with no real “answers,” about mental health.
From a gossip level, the collaboration between Oprah and Harry has been shockingly fruitful. Oprah knows the game, she knows what she’s doing and she understands the power that she has. When she’s repeatedly backing Meghan and Harry, she’s lending them a level of support which they frankly never had in the UK. When she goes on CBS This Morning or the Today Show and defends them, it’s incredibly significant for a lot of people. Oprah was on the Today Show on Friday to talk about the show, and she was asked about the criticism of “why is Harry talking so much if he asked for privacy???” People say that like it’s some kind of “gotcha.” It’s not. Oprah blasted it too:
On privacy: “You know, I ask for privacy, and I’m talking all the time. So I think being able to have a life that you are not intruded upon by photographers, or people flying overhead, or invading your life, is what every person wants and deserves — to not to be intruded and invaded upon. That’s what people are missing. Privacy doesn’t mean silence.”
On the Sussexes’ regrets: “They have not shared any regrets with me,” Winfrey said. “I understood what had happened to them, and I wanted the rest of the world to come away being able to answer the question, ‘Why did they leave?’ And I think by the time that interview was done, people understood.”
Yeah. Privacy doesn’t mean silence. People equating privacy with silence are showing their hands: those are the people who never wanted Harry and Meghan to tell their stories, ever. They wanted to abuse, subjugate, demean, denigrate and smear Meghan and Harry and then silence and erase them. I also laughed at “they have not shared any regrets with me” – no sh-t. The Sussexes’ interview plus The Me You Can’t See is the one-two knockout. Harry was like “oh you’re still blaming Meghan for everything, here, let me tell you what was really going on, in my own f–king words, and Meghan isn’t even around.”
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