I mostly avoid the media machine but there’s something about this Weinstein mess that I just can’t stand.
It bothers me that we get so publicly outraged with Weinstein, and seemingly pretend he is one isolated example. Pigs live in pigsties.
It bothers me lots of people knew about this, and indeed, even some women were complicit, for a very long time, yet they allowed the abuse to continue.
It’s unrealistic to imagine we might live in a world that is evolved beyond dirty old men groping on women, or where victims are empowered enough to stand up for themselves.
But it is realistic to expect that others with power in Hollywood who knew about this would have done more than make a joke.
Countless young women, daughters, sisters, mothers, wives have been abused over decades because nobody was willing to put an end to it.
I worked for a messed-up boss once.
The only power I had was to lawyer up and go nuclear against the firm, which was a terrible idea.
I shouldn’t have needed to put my life on the line, assemble my own army, and wage war against their broken leader.
The leaders of the firm should have led, and taken care of their problem.
Just like the Catholic Church, when you cover it up, you only perpetuate it, and create more future victims.
It is up to those leaders with power to do what’s right for those who are powerless to act on their own.
Hollywood Can Lead Now
Strong leaders in Hollywood should have taken care of Weinstein long ago.
But given he has revealed himself now, and again exposed their grimy underbelly, they should act powerfully in making an example out of him.
Kicking him out of the Academy is like telling a kid they can’t go to drama class, when they can use his falling star to put a dint in his lecherous universe of disgusting people.