Weinstein has the guts to talk about second chances, he says he is sick and wants to go (escape?) to rehab!!! Doesn't all this sounds "too little, too late" to you? It does to me.
Decades of sexually assaulting women... in Hollywood they say a lot of people knew!! Then why? Why would you let a person damage another human being’s life this way? Why waiting so long to speak up? Is it the fear? The shame? Or is it the habit? This feels like going after the Catholic Church! Remember when some brave journalists finally shun a light on all these priests who abused kids. (Don’t get me wrong, I do know there are wonderful people in the Catholic Church just as there are great men in Hollywood). It’s the same pattern, you take a very influencable man, a young impressionable girl and you make her believe that her only option to do well is to “be nice to him”. Weinstein is no better than those pedophile priests. One thing that is different are the victims, yes they were young and impressionable, scared and probably advised to stay silent by many but they were not innocent and defenseless children. They knew his behavior was wrong and yet they kept silent for many years, some confronted him but most of them did not have the reaction adult women should have had, which I believe to be: denouncing him to the police and the press.
So why didn’t these actresses go public earlier? As I said above, fear might have been a big factor, he’s a big name in the movie industry and they were maybe scared he would destroy their career. Rightfully so, as this type of man doesn’t like being told ‘no’. Also, they probably feared what people around them were going to say about their situation. Unfortunately people are not always kind to victims. Another thing might have been the shame. Victims of sexual harassment are often shameful and try to just go on with their life as they feel the exposure of the matter might just bring more shame. It is very sad. To all of you victims of Weinstein, even if I wish some of you broke that horrific silence earlier, I have to say I admire your courage and your will to bring change to a system that should never had existed. One more thing that might have kept these victims away from going public is the habit! It is saddening and revolting but let’s say it: in the show business world women have grown accustomed to men being unprofessional with them, to men sending them inappropriate messages, to men making sexist comments, to men touching them and worse. Sadly most of these women choose to turn a blind eye on the sexual harassement/assault they are victims of and just count it as ‘one more on the list’.
A few days ago I read an interview in the Guardian that lead me to write this post. Lea Seydoux is a french actress who had to defend herself against Weinstein when he jumped on her and tried to kiss her in his hotel room, she escaped. She then saw him again many times at events around the world and noticed his behavior with other girls. What I found absolutely disturbing was that she said many people knew about him sexually assaulting women but never said a thing. Lea Seydoux speaks about how Weinstein harassed her and I thank her for it as I believe the more voices the public and the movie industry hear the better... BUT... She goes on in the interview saying that when she was in her mid twenties a director told her he’d love to F... her! From what she reports he had slept with all the actresses he worked with but STILL she isn’t giving his name!! Lea Seydoux also talks about this one director who shot the same sex scene days after days after days, ‘he kept watching us, replaying the scene over and over in a kind of stupor’ but again she doesn’t give his name although this was a golden opportunity to do so. WHY? Fear? Shame? Habit?
If the Catholic Church had more than one priest, the movie industry has more than one Weinstein!
Denounce these men! Do not work with them! Stand strong together and these predators will soon have to change their behavior if they don’t want to loose their job.
Raise your standards.
This system needs to change! To you, actors, artists, men and women, take a stand! Do not work with men or women who you know harassed your co workers, do not work with men accused of child rape (Allen and Polanski to name a few).
Raise your standards!
Rise. Men and women, please, rise to a place where you are getting a job Only because of your talent. Rise to a place where you will work with people who have the same moral as you. Rise to a place where the status of the director/producer will matter less than the story you want to act for.
Rise to a world where sexual abusers will feel fear, shame and understand that their habit of using their power to commit crime is now condemned by everyone.
Be fearless, Denounce, Change and Rise...... Together.