Last Thursday, through interviews, legal records, emails, and internal documents from his companies, the NY Times revealed film producer Harvey Weinstein’s horrifying history of sexual misconduct. Nearly a week after the NY Times initially published their report, it’s time to reveal our thoughts on the situation. We wanted to let the dust settle down a bit and gather as many facts as we could before letting you guys know how we feel. Weinstein has now been accused of sexual harassment/assault by over 40 women that date back as far as 1984.
First and foremost we want to say that Weinstein’s behavior is disgusting. Their is absolutely no place in the world for behavior of that kind. Weinstein is a repulsive human being and the first word that comes to mind when describing him is “pig”. It is heartbreaking that those women felt defenseless at the time. Weinstein deserves everything that is coming to him and more.
With that being said, Hollywood and the celebrity culture also needs to be held accountable. Hollywood wants us to see them as one of Weinstein’s victims. FOH!! The dude’s allegations date back to 1984. That’s 33 years worth of sh!t but Hollywood wants us to believe that they knew nothing for over three decades! So they go on with their lives and contend that they are “shocked” and “appalled” at the revelations and “never suspected a thing”. But don’t believe that nonsense! Weinstein’s sexual misconduct was an open secret in Hollywood for years. Throughout the last 30 plus years, 8 women received settlements from Weinstein , six others accused him of rape, and the police investigated a few of the claims.
During the 2013 Oscar Nominations, host Seth MacFarlane made a not so subtle joke referencing Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. After announcing the nominations for Best Supporting Actress, McFarlane said “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” to the amusement of the audience. And in a 2012 episode of 30 Rock, Jane Krowkowski claims “I’m not afraid of anyone in show business. I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions.” Weinstein’s assistant in the early 1990’s, Kathy DeClesis, claims that Weinstein’s behavior “wasn’t a secret to the inner circle.” And Weinstein’s closest friend, Quentin Tarantino admitted that “there was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
The hush hush culture of Hollywood must change. Weinstein’s sexual misconduct was not a secret. People knew. But no one spoke up. No one wanted to jeopardize their careers. No one wanted to expose one of the most powerful Hollywood executives in fear of tainting Hollywood’s precious image. But when an individual outside of the community even hovers around promiscuous behavior, you can bet they are the first to publicly ridicule the behavior. When it benefits those in power to take a pro-women stance, you will hear them speak. When it does not, they are silent (see Clinton Foundation taking nearly half a million in donations from Weinstein).
It is disgusting that there are human beings in power positions who deliberately choose to remain silent about rape and sexual assault. And even worse when those same people throw on a facade and act shocked when the allegations become public. Something must change. Harvey Weinstein must be the last Harvey Weinstein. If he is not, we will have learned nothing- and people like Weinstein will continue to ruthlessly prey on men (see Terry Crews) and women without a second thought.