Foster compared the current #MeToo movement with the end of apartheid in South Africa, saying America needs a time of "truth and reconciliation," just as with other major social justice movements like civil rights and even the end of slavery.
After discussing her directorial work on the "Black Mirror" episode "Arkangel," there were just a few moments left when King asked Foster her take on the social movement sweeping the country, putting a lot of high powered men accused of sexual harassment out of work.
"I'm not a sound bite person," Foster replied. "I'm an hours person. I like to talk about things for hours. I'm not very good at 140 characters. I feel like it's such a complicated issue, and it is a watershed moment."
She elaborated that sound bites and snippets on social media don't do the significance of the movement justice. "I think we need a bigger dialogue and a much more complicated dialogue," she said. "But this time is necessary and I'm really looking forward to what happens next, like all social justice movements."
The revelations are just the first step in the process, with allegations continuing to come out about various figures in power across all industries, including Hollywood heavyweights like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. The response to this exposure of a side of American culture that is ugly and pervasive is where it goes next, and that response needs to be swift, sensitive and definitive.
"I think we're all looking forward to how we can heal, and we want to hear voices. We want to hear the other side as well, in order to really change things," Foster said. This is a cultural problem and it will take the entire cultural community coming together to fix it and move forward on more equal footing.
Foster directed "Arkangel," one of six new "Black Mirror" episodes premiering on Netflix Dec. 29.