When the barbarous “Access Hollywood” fasten leaked last year, capturing Donald Trump bragging in counterfeit terms in 2005 about being allowed to squeeze women since he was a celebrity, Hollywood had a meltdown.
Cher called Trump a “scumbag carny barker” on Twitter. Comedian Patton Oswalt labeled him a “sexist creep.” Actress Emmy Rossum wrote: “misogynistic entitled pig.”
This week, with revelations that Oscar-winning film and radio writer Harvey Weinstein had a prolonged story of sexually badgering women, Hollywood’s response was mostly muted. Film studios on Friday all declined to comment.
“Yup. Hollywood shines light on Catholic Church, sex trafficking – let’s gleam it on ourselves a second and what we’ve condoned,” actress-writer-producer Lena Dunham wrote on Twitter, one of the few celebrities who took a open stand.
Hollywood has a bad lane record when it comes to women. Actresses perceived just 31.4 percent of speaking roles in the top 100 films expelled last year, according to the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California Annenberg’s School for Communication and Journalism. The “sexy stereotype” persisted with some-more than a entertain of females in those films wearing voluptuous attire, compared with 5.7 percent of men. In 2015, the sovereign Equal Employment Opportunity Commission non-stop an review into allegedly discriminatory employing practices against womanlike directors.
“Hollywood likes to plan an picture of being on-going about issues of race, gender and social issues – but at the finish of the day it is an impossibly backward industry,” pronounced Caroline Heldman, a college highbrow who has worked with purported victims of Bill Cosby and Weinstein. “It is an attention that, in many ways, looks some-more like the 1950s.”
Weinstein, who has taken a leave of deficiency from his company, attributed his purported control to coming of age “in the ’60s and ’70s, when all of the manners about function and workplaces were different.” On Friday, his company’s house pronounced it was questioning the allegations.
The New York Times reported that at slightest eight settlements had been paid to women who disclosed allegations of passionate nuisance to Weinstein Co. or Miramax, the studio that Weinstein and his hermit Bob built into a informative juggernaut with such eccentric films such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Chicago.” Weinstein, while on trips to Los Angeles and London, would serve immature actresses or assistants to his hotel room, where he would ask massages or entice women to watch him shower, the paper said.
Hollywood has prolonged been tarnished with allegations of passionate harassment, dating to the wordless film epoch when actor Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle faced charges in the rape and death of an actress. (Arbuckle was acquitted.) Other distinguished stars and directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been accused of inapt behavior.
Allegations of passionate bungle have defeated other party figures, including Fox News designer Roger Ailes and horde Bill O’Reilly, and Epic Records Chief Executive L.A. Reid. Scandals have also rocked beloved indie-film institutions, including L.A.’s nonprofit museum Cinefamily (where two leaders recently quiescent over passionate nuisance allegations) and indie-theater sequence Alamo Drafthouse. All have denied wrongdoing.
Instead of expressing startle or even dismay, Hollywood insiders concurred that Weinstein’s function was an “open secret,” the provender of report for decades.
Weinstein’s purported function may have been enabled by Hollywood’s infrequently poisonous workplace culture, which mostly tolerates – and in some cases, glorifies – an array of inappropriate, exploitative conduct. For squalid assistants inspired to get a foot in the door, prolonged hours, demeaning pursuit duties and the occasional cellphone-hurling boss are deliberate partial of the job.
Being “volatile” or “hard-charging” can be a badge of honor, succinct in such characters as Ari Gold, the rage-prone super-agent in the HBO series “Entourage.” The impression was formed on Ari Emanuel, now co-chief executive of one of the biggest talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor (and a Democratic fundraiser).
The contemptible allegations against Weinstein put Hollywood and Democrats in an ungainly spot.
Over the years, Weinstein has given easily to Democrats and magnanimous causes, contributing some-more than $600,000 to Democratic politicians and groups, according to sovereign records. He donated tens of thousands of dollars to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, worked as an novice for Weinstein Co. in New York last summer before to enrolling at Harvard University. Weinstein also has contributed to the Clinton Foundation, whose website states that the writer supposing good over $100,000 as of June.
Known as a “bundler,” Weinstein also used his immeasurable connectors to classify and collect checks from a far-reaching tie of donors. The noble threw glamorous fundraisers for Clinton that lifted millions for her presidential campaign and were attended by A-list celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lopez. One of the fundraisers was a Broadway low-pitched unison last Oct that featured “Hamilton” composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Weinstein, in his statement, remarkable that last year he began organizing a $5 million substructure at USC to yield scholarships to women who wish to approach films.
Conservatives, who have spent years swelling when Hollywood celebrities moralized about social causes, had a margin day over the Weinstein scandal. “Waiting on the veteran ‘pro-women’ outrage appurtenance . Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein,” Trump confidant Kellyanne Conway wrote Friday morning on Twitter.
Others jumped on the sum of Weinstein’s purported function as justification that the party attention has a double customary when it comes to passionate harassment.
“Hollywood stood by and did zero and continued to endowment this person, work with him and worship him,” Alex Marlow, editor in arch of Breitbart News, pronounced in an interview. The liaison could serve erode Hollywood’s credit with center America, Marlow said. “While he was allegedly preying on unprotected people, the whole city that virtue-signals about women’s rights and womanlike empowerment stood silent.”
The Republican Party sent email blasts to members and the media fixing Democrats who have supposed income from Weinstein.
Democrats fast tried to stretch themselves. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pronounced he would present $14,200 – the volume Weinstein contributed to him – to charities ancillary women. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., reliable that they will be donating income given to them by Weinstein to several charities. The amounts ranged from $2,700 to $7,800.
Some speculated the disclosures this week coincide with the weakening poke of Weinstein Co., which has delivered several box-office duds.
But enlightenment is changing too. Women – aided by social media – have been some-more outspoken in new years, including stepping brazen to credit Bill Cosby of rape. Actress Ashley Judd done a thinly-veiled anxiety to Weinstein in a 2015 talk with Variety, but mentioning him by name. But this fall, she told her story to The New York Times, observant Weinstein lured her into a hotel room and asked her to watch him shower.
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit in Jul 2016 against Ailes unprotected a enlightenment of absolute men demanding passionate favors from women, and competence have emboldened women to pronounce out.
The Weinstein liaison perceived comparatively little play Thursday dusk on Fox News as the network focused mostly on the Las Vegas massacre. Fox News still is recuperating from its own passionate nuisance predicament involving O’Reilly and Ailes, who died in May.
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