09 January 2018
Originally posted by Intiniki
It was a very articulate speech. However there are a few aspects of the whole saga i am a bit uncomfortable with. Oprah has been around the entertainment industry in America for decades, very high profile. The behaviour of Harvey Weinstein has obviously been common knowledge for decades. There is a clip from the Oscars ceremony from years ago which was in the press a few months ago, in which after the winning actress received her award, the actor presenting it to her said, "now you no longer have to pretend that you are attracted to Harvey Weinstein". Cue knowing laughter from all round the room. I find it difficult to believe that Oprah, along with most of the Hollywood big players was unaware of Weinstein's behaviour. Likewise Meryl Streep, who has been photographed many times over the years draped around him, she even described him as 'God' from the stage at one awards ceremony. And of course it was Streep, at the Oscars a few years ago, who led the standing ovation for Roman Polanski, a fugitive from justice who was convicted of plying a thirteen year old girl with alcohol and narcotics, then proceeded to anally rape her.
It is difficult to escape the conclusion that these people chose to ignore and keep quiet about Weinstein's behaviour over the years because it suited their career prospects to do so. Now, after a few brave women, (and men), have put their heads above the parapet and exposed him, the likes of Streep and co feel able to swan around the red carpet in their black dresses with their 'Me to' badges, an 'activist' on their arm, because again, it now suits their career to do so. The hypocrisy, especially in the case of Streep, is quite frankly sickening. It is nothing more than virtue signalling, seeing a bandwagon and jumping on.
Another thing i find puzzling is that, months after the allegations first started surfacing, both in the US and, in Weinstein and Kevin Spacey's case, here in the UK, neither has been interviewed by the police. It is beyond doubt that if any of us were the subject of multiple accusations of sexual assault, up to and including rape, we would have been hauled in the next day, fingerprinted, swabbed and interrogated. Yet for these high profile 'celebrities', nothing, zilch, no action at all from the forces of law and order. How does that work?