Reese Witherspoon
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: Reese Witherspoon attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Cancel culture in recent years has seen prominent figures such as Johnny Depp and Chrissy Teigen fall into some sort of irrelevant obscurity. In what started as a way to call out problematic behavior has evolved into merciless bullying. In an interview with the New York TimesReese Witherspoon discussed how the modern phenomenon should be approached.

“The question is, how do we have more grace as human beings toward each other?” Witherspoon said. “What about people who are genuinely contrite, or who have committed forgivable offences? I don’t think, as a society, we’ve gotten there yet.”

The actress appeared in the feature alongside costar and producer of The Morning Show, Jennifer Aniston. The second season of the award-winning series landed on Apple TV+ this month and follows the aftermath of disgraced television anchor, Mitch’s (played by Steve Carrell) departure.

Reese Witherspoon Jennifer Aniston
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 28: Reese Witherspoon (L) and Jennifer Aniston attend Apple’s global premiere of “The Morning Show” at Josie Robertson Plaza and David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on October 28, 2019 in New York City. “The Morning Show” debuts November 1 on Apple TV+, available on the Apple TV app. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Apple TV+)

“The first season dealt with the #MeToo movement and its repercussions — turning over the rocks and seeing what’s underneath,” Mimi Leder, director and co-executive producer of the series, told the publication. “The second season deals with identity. We’re asking a lot of tough questions about cancel culture, sexuality, race and the like. We’re asking our characters to examine who they really are.”

At The Morning Show premiere in 2020, Witherspoon described how her and Aniston’s characters have a feminist vibe to them.

“Our characters are two people with very similar goals but different ideologies because of their backgrounds,” Witherspoon explained. “Jen’s character existed in a world that was dominated by men. Just the fact that she existed was all that mattered. My character is like, ‘Hold on, no, no, no. If you’re not bringing other women with you, what are you doing?’ [The women are] not antagonistic or competitive. It’s second-wave feminism meets fourth-wave feminism.”

The Morning Show is streaming now on Apple TV. Episodes drop every Friday.

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