It doesn’t shock me at all that Harvey “Swine-Slime” Weinstein has been knocked from his predatory pedestal. No, I didn’t know it would specifically be him, but rumours have abounded for decades about the “hollywood casting couch”, of women raped by coercion. Cue the scum who say “They consented. How else did they get the roles? Why didn’t they report it sooner?” Asia Argento begs to differ, unequivocally stating that Weinstein raped her. And other people such as Terry Crews – a man, and ex-NFL player – have reported being sexually assaulted by other, different hollywood executives.
This is another example of something I’ve said before about Donald Sterling, about Tiger Woods, about Bill Cosby: People knew and they kept their mouths shut. The media knew, powerful people knew (NBA owners, hollywood actors and executives), and they protected the perpetrators with a code of silence. Their careers and access to the halls of power would have been cut off if they had spoken.
There is a lot of heavy criticism for actors like Matt Damon and Russell Crowe who helped silence a 2004 New York Times expose on Weinstein, and for other actors who have said nothing about him since the story broke. Their silence speaks volumes. But their silence doesn’t bother me as much as backslapping and congratulating being given to George Clooney, Mark Ruffalo and others who are speaking up. I suspect they also knew and are protecting themselves. You can’t be around and spend that much time with Weinstein and his ilk and never hear a single rumour.
The most appalling thing I read today was in a Taiwan feminist group on facebook. A friend posted a comment by a piece of garbage she once considered a “friend”. He said, “Following the demise of Harvey Weinstein, artors wishing to make it in Hollywood will now have to rely on their acting ability.”
The level of tone deafness and rape culture advocacy is astounding.