It’s only been a few weeks but the Harvey Weinstein abuse will soon be like the near-forgotten massacre in Las Vegas that occurred before it.
If you can stretch your mind you might even recall that before these tragedies, our airwaves were dominated 24/7 by the suffering from the floods in Houston. (btw, I think those people are still suffering, if anyone really cares)
Under the guise of actually giving a shit about people, the media machine blankets our world with mayhem, driving fear, anger, disgust, outrage, sadness, and any other emotion that triggers us to tune in, before moving onto the next “story.”
Caught up in the perpetual noise, nothing changes…
But when we see the systems in our society for what they are—e.g. Is the education system about creating great lives or great worker bees?—we actually have a chance to change them.
So before we forget about Weinstein until the next Harvey shows his ugly face, I wanted to share a solution.
What Changed After The Financial Crisis?
After the first credit crisis in 2008, there were lots of fingers pointed at the bankers on Wall Street.
Rightly so, the bankers exhibited plenty of crooked and irresponsible behavior that fueled the credit bubble that burst like bubble gum, making a mess of everything.
But, here we are again, now a decade later, and you don’t have to be a Wall Street insider to see that we’ve done exactly the same thing.
We’ve binged ourselves on credit. Bid up housing prices to another stupid level. Commissioned a non-stop army of cranes to build more housing and retail we can’t afford and don’t need. Inflated tech, equity, credit, bitcoin, art tulip bulb-like bubbles all over the planet.
Like the barman, we’ll hate the bankers when we wake up, but until then we’ll beg them to keep printing easy living.
Change Happens When We Take Responsibility
For every banker that wrote the wrong person a mortgage, there was a “wrong person” signing a mortgage.
If we drink ourselves stupid at the pub and drive into a brick wall on our way home we don’t blame the wall or steering wheel, yet when it comes to most aspects of our society we’re looking for someone to blame.
If you can stand the sight, look at Harvey.
Just a few weeks ago plenty of the people tarring him today would have given their first daughter to be BFFs with Harvey Weinstein.
Our society now delights in tearing him down, but do we also want to take responsibility for building him up?
Weinstein Was Doing OUR Dirty Work
A mind fuck that mature people must accept is that we created Harvey Weinstein.
We can pretend that Harvey is an anomaly, but as I wrote about here, and tons of celebrities attested to at #metoo, every adult knows the true nature of the beast.
Hollywood is surely a dirty beast, but it is our beast.
It caters to us. One might critically say that Hollywood pollutes our society by spewing violence and murder and drama, but that’s because like enjoying watching gladiators slaughter slaves we demand the worst of humanity in our “entertainment.”
Hollywood gives us what we want, and we pretend not to know how they do it.
Just like we don’t want to know the name of the kid who made our sweatshop clothes, or the adult you wouldn’t swap “jobs” with who made your iPhone, when it comes to the glitterati of Hollywood we pretend not to know how the sausage is stuffed.
Let’s Be Real Real
His sexual abuse may be extreme, but dicks like Harvey are all over Hollywood.
You simply haven’t spent enough time there if you don’t think there are plenty of douches like Scott Disick relative to great guys like on some 1980s after school series. (Molly Ringwald wrote about it in the New Yorker)
Singer. Toback. Spacey. Ratner. Dick. Hoffman… The ‘no-one is surprised’ list of accused grows—perhaps soon we’ll hear about the abusive women—while the casting couch culture that perpetuates it will forever reign.
At our infantile level of human evolution, in our sex-driven society, what more can we expect when we give people absolute power over others?
Seriously, let’s be real real.
What is Hollywood really about? If you think TV and movies you’re probably also preparing your list for Santa right now.
Like Amsterdam is a city that we allow to pimp drugs and women, we afford Hollywood with a license to pimp its beautiful people.
Behind The Curtain The Emperor Has Always Been Naked
Maybe some of us don’t traditionally think about it this way, but this is what we have, as a society, tasked Hollywood to do for us.
We task them with the oh-so crucial job of filtering the world to find the absolute most appealing men, women, and children and selling them to us in an entertaining way.
Generally, mostly with the adults but also with the kids, this means with as much violence and nudity as possible—with some up-skirt and under-boob on the side if THEIR paps can sneak it.
Like a moth to the flame the slave trade of Hollywood is perpetuated by the “celebrities” who are like fake testimonials on a web page claiming You can do it too in a “business” rife with nepotism, where some 90% of “actors” wait and starve for a living.
We pretend that football players paid to bash heads won’t suffer brain damage and we pretend that Hollywood isn’t a system of exploitation.
Hollywood might distract people with its glitz and glamour, but anyone with at least one eye can see it’s a “people business.”
We Don’t Care About The Kids Either…
Like baby elephants in a circus, we don’t care what they do to get those kids performing. (putting aside the obvious pedophilia, here’s but one example, Portia de Rossi)
Like we’re “surprised” by mass shootings that happen over and over again, we’re surprised each time some child celebrity goes nuts and starts flashing around their equipment—Cyrus talked her about her damage.
Like the kids forced into slaving in diamond mines we pretend don’t produce the useless rocks that we so covet, we don’t care how many kids Hollywood has to churn and burn, how many kids “good guys” like Harvey get to “hand-pick” to decide who becomes a star.
And worse than not actually giving a shit about what REALLY goes on, we’re entertained by their damaged behavior, and even worse, envy them for it.
Part of the sickness of the human condition is that many of us are so desperate to matter that we look at these abused kids envious of their wealth and celebrity.
In an unevolved society with an attitude that there’s no price too high to be famous, many parents would seemingly whore their own kids as plastic-stuffed sex objects, or chop off their kit to get their own show.
So, why should we care about a monster many parents are dying to feed their kids?
Why care about the endless stream of beautiful people who flock to Hollywood to become famous and get sucked down the belly of the beast?
Because It’s Right
The obvious injustices we see in our world are merely the ones our eyes have been opened to, when the greatest injustices are so baked in that they are invisible.
Five days a week for 45 years we “have to” go to work, while still celebrating our “freedom.”
And every day we consume our little reward of entertainment with absolutely no reference to what that business really is.
We don’t care how millions of animals are inhumanely slaughtered and stuffed into our sausages, and we don’t care how Hollywood stuffs their “programming” into our heads.
Then, each time a creep like Harvey pops to the surface, we chop off the head and keep pretending that the business isn’t Hydra.
We can’t solve every injustice in the world but we can each start by doing what we can—Open our eyes and take responsibility.
Nothing changes until we change our behavior.