The Weinstein Affair

So last week, the story broke that Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s biggest hitters, has been sexually harassing and abusing women for decades:

An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements.

Since the story broke, Weinstein had made an unconvincing defense of his behavior, the Weinstein company has fired him and his lawyer has quit. Reactions are ranging from outrageous “everyone knew” to absurd “no on knew”. I can’t judge what other people knew or didn’t know. But it doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that Weinstein was not only a sexual predator but allowed to get away with it for decades. This is, after all, the industry that once gave child rapist Roman Polanski a standing ovation. This is, after all, the industry, that blacklisted Rose McGowan for speaking out on sexism. This is an industry that has made a chilling phrase — the casting couch — into a joke. I guarantee you that Weinstein is not unique or even that unusual. This is just the tip of a loathsome iceberg. And the reaction we are seeing from his company his co-workers is not a response to his behavior but a response to the revelation of his behavior.

Naturally, this being 2017, everyone is trying to find a political angle. Weinstein was a big donor to Democrats, so … something. I think that’s a bit rich coming from the party that nominated and elected Donald Trump to the White House. But in any case, Weinstein’s misbehavior means nothing as far as politics goes. There are plenty of rich people who donate to political parties and there may be three or four who don’t have some pattern of abusive behavior in their past. If you want to hit the Democrats for their hypocrisy on Trump, Weinstein should not be who you talk about. You should talk about Ted Kennedy. Or Chris Dodd. Or Bill Clinton. Or John Edwards. Or Mel Reynolds. People they have elected to public office and blindly supported through multiple allegations of misconduct. You should talk about the way they disparaged victims like Juanita Broaddrick and even willing partners like Monica Lewinsky. You should talk about their ties to Jeffrey Epstein.

The horrible truth is that … in his perverse way … Donald Trump was kinda right on the Pussy Tape. He was wrong that women let you grope them if you’re rich and famous; they merely bear it in silence. No, it’s everyone else who let’s you do it. It’s fellow politicians, it’s political followers, it’s fans, it’s producers, it’s actors, it’s the press, it’s the media. Until that changes, powerful men like Weinstein and Trump and Clinton will do whatever they are allowed to do.

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  1. Iconoclast

    Naturally, this being 2017, everyone is trying to find a political angle. Weinstein was a big donor to Democrats, so…something. I think that’s a bit rich coming from the party that nominated and elected Donald Trump to the White House.

    On the contrary, as you point out, Democrats have been getting away with this shit for decades, and the voters know this. That’s why it didn’t matter a whit what The Donald said in a bus ten years ago. And again, as you point out, The Donald was essentially correct, at least where it mattered.

     

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  2. richtaylor365

    .But in any case, Weinstein’s misbehavior means nothing as far as politics goes. 

    It does to the extent of providing yet another instance of liberal sanctimony and hypocrisy. The finger wagers  live by the credo of ,”Do as I say and not as I do”. They cry for mother earth being polluted, yet consume carbon credits of a small city with their lavish lifestyles and corporate jets. They arrogantly claim the imprimatur of women’s champion, yet remain mute when one of their own is revealed to be a rapist, molester, and a sexual predator. They claim to be populists, yet practice major league crony capitalism.  They embrace the concept of faux diversity, trotting out 10 different shades of late night talk show hosts, all lock step with the progressive party line.

     I think that’s a bit rich coming from the party that nominated and elected Donald Trump to the White House

    Except that many Republicans immediately got on record when the Trump tape came out. There was sufficient outrage, nothing to the tune of ,”Nothing to see here, just bimbo eruptions”, like what we saw with the dems. Now we get the same thing with Weinstein, “He is a loyal donor, a megaphone for spreading our values, our influence, and our power………………….squirrel”.

    they merely bear it in silence

    Sure, some are, but you are ignoring the power angle that is achieved by calculated sleeping around. I know, it’s not PC, but isn’t some of this (not all) analogous to bemoaning the plight of the prostitute when some actually choose to do this because it is a good living?

    Are you familiar with the Charles Payne/Scotty Hughes scandal? I’ve watched Payne for years on Fox Business, a very smart stock analyst who had his own show. Hughes was a regular guest on his show. A few years back they started an affair, she still appeared on his show all the while they were sleeping together, both married BTW. It ended, Payne said his wife found out so he ended it, Hughes admitted that Payne ended it, but is now unhappy because she is getting less and less air time. She is now playing the victim, actually suing Payne for rape (a two year, several dozen consensual bang rape, explain that one) and Fox Business for cutting her air time, like they have no say in who gets to be on their own shows.

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  3. ilovecress

    Now we get the same thing with Weinstein, “He is a loyal donor, a megaphone for spreading our values, our influence, and our power………………….squirrel”.

    Honest question – who’s saying this?

    I can’t judge what other people knew or didn’t know. 

    The issue is that everyone knows it goes on. The problem is that everyone doesn’t know specifically who. And until you know ‘who’ then you can’t do anything about it. We had the gross operation Yewtree in the UK a couple of years ago which was a similar thing.

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  4. richtaylor365

    who’s saying this?

     Let’s see;

     http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/06/entertainment/hollywood-harvey-weinstein/index.html

     More than a day after The New York Times published a blistering report detailing numerous accusations of sexual harassment against prolific film producer Harvey Weinstein, none of the movie mogul’s frequent A-list collaborators have spoken publicly about the news story that has rattled Hollywood.

     CNN reached out to representatives for a dozen actors and directors who have worked on Weinstein-produced films. All failed to respond or declined to comment.

    Their silence speaks volumes, yep, squirrel.

    More silence from the sexual enabler in chief (her husband, the husband of her assistant, her number one donor, she sure can pick them).

    Even the self-proclaimed bastion of populist thought would rather rip Trump than gored one of their own.

    And until you know ‘who’ then you can’t do anything about it.

     

    You honestly telling me that this was a well kept secret with this guy? 8 settlements (that we know of) over 2 decades. How many democrats cashed his checks within that 2 decade period, all knowing his proclivities for abusing power in pursuit of sexual thuggery.

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  5. Hal_10000 *

    It’s gotten worse.  Evidence that the media buried reports at the encouragement of stars like Matt Damon. Audio tape of him pressuring a model into silence. New Yorker now has three rape allegations.

    Meryl Steep made a statement yesterday that was appalling. She condemned what’s been revealed but said she never knew what was going on.  Right.  One of the most powerful women in Hollywood had NO IDEA how less powerful women were being treated.

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  6. CM

    How many democrats cashed his checks within that 2 decade period, all knowing his proclivities for abusing power in pursuit of sexual thuggery.

    They should be exposed.

    Great to see Weinstein is crashing badly (as opposed to being made POTUS).

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  7. Iconoclast

    Naturally, this being 2017, everyone is trying to find a political angle. Weinstein was a big donor to Democrats, so … something. I think that’s a bit rich coming from the party that nominated and elected Donald Trump to the White House.

    What’s rich is how the Left keep preaching to us about how immoral we are on the Right, how misogynistic and sexist we are for being pro-life, how we’re waging a war on women, and pretending that they hold the moral high ground, when all the while it’s Leftists like Weinstein and Clinton and the Kennedys who routinely victimize and abuse women, while the rest of the Left keep hush-hush about it all, all the while knowing full well what’s going on.

    That’s what’s rich.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/22-hollywood-stars-have-spoken-harvey-weinsteins-sexual-harassment/

    Well, yeah, now they’re speaking out, after decades of silence. They’re only piling on after the Times (finally) released the story, piling on after the fact. Being the cynic that I am, I see them merely as opportunists eager to take advantage of an opportunity to demonstrate just how “courageous” they are…..now that they’re safely established in their careers……

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