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Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein’s Response to Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him Doesn’t Inspire Confidence

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For decades, Harvey Weinstein has served as the real-life impulse for every tyrannical, foul-mouthed, rash illusory film studio executive. For flattering much just as long, according to a bombshell report from the New York Times, Weinstein has been sequence sexually badgering determined immature actresses who come into his orbit. The Times offers a extensive list of women, some of them now famous, who were allegedly subjected to Weinstein’s licentious overtures, including Ashley Judd, who says Weinstein requested she watch him showering and Rose McGowan, whom Weinstein gave a allotment in 1997 following “an part in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.” There were at slightest eight some-more hush income compensate outs, per the Times, to recipients including “a immature partner in New York in 1990, an singer in 1997, an partner in London in 1998, an Italian indication in 2015 and [former Weinstein Company employee Lauren] O’Connor shortly after.” With a traceable lane record like that, it’s almost unfit to trust that there aren’t other women who chose to keep still rather than take on one of the many absolute men in Hollywood.

In response to the Times report, Weinstein expelled a matter that is an pretended mea culpa but reads some-more like a ideally created instance of things not to do when you are apologizing. Let’s run by some of the highlights, shall we?

“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the manners about function and workplaces were different. That was the enlightenment then.”


I came of age at a time when the workplace was where men went to review dick distance with other men, and then we’d have the secretaries—or “skirts,” as we called them—judge who won. Was that bad? Me confused by all these new rules.

“I have given schooled it’s not an excuse, in the office—or out of it. To anyone.”

I’ve schooled it’s not an excuse, and nonetheless we still offering it as an excuse, given I’ll turn with you here: I’ve schooled nothing.

“I satisfied some time ago we that indispensable to be a better person, and my interactions with the people we work with have changed. we conclude the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and we unequivocally apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, we know we have a prolonged way to go. That is my commitment. My tour now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons.”

Well, this seems like progress, right?

Just wait.

“Over the last year, I’ve asked [celebrity lawyer] Lisa Bloom to mentor me, and she’s put together a group of people. I’ve brought on therapists, and we devise to take a leave of deficiency from my company and to understanding with this issue conduct on.”

Lisa Bloom told the Times that Weinstein is “an old dinosaur training new ways” and that she “explained to him that due to the energy disproportion between a major studio conduct like him and many others in the industry, whatever his motives, some of his difference and behaviors can be viewed as inappropriate, even intimidating.”

What’s weird about this is that I’m flattering certain Weinstein already understands the energy differential at play between him and “most others in the industry,” quite carefree actors. One lady who temped for Weinstein pronounced he told her that “if she supposed his passionate advances, he would boost her career.” O’Connor pronounced that Weinstein’s targets were almost constantly “vulnerable women who wish he will get them work.” Weinstein—a six-time Oscar leader and titan in the film industry—understood with clear clarity his own standing vs. those he allegedly dangled careers in front of for varying passionate favors. Alleged passionate harassers and abusers such as Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes, among many others, use their energy against those who have none. That’s how this whole awful thing works. 

Also, for the record, the fact that Weinstein reportedly used his happening to pay off women and keep all those charges still suggests he’s good wakeful that his behaviors are “inappropriate, even intimidating.”

“I so honour all women, and bewail what happened.”

God. That “so” is really not assisting here. Someone should’ve review this thing out shrill before they sent it out.

“Jay Z wrote in 4:44 ‘I’m not the man we suspicion we was, and we better be that man for my children.’ The same is loyal for me.”

Honestly, Harvey Weinstein borrowing a Jay-Z verse about his marital infidelity to Beyoncé to report his remorse about badgering who knows how many women over the last 30 years is just too much to get into right now. (Who is that capricious insertion even for? The “kidz”? Maybe in his next sorry-not-sorry minute he’ll quote Lil Yachty or something.) It is worth observant that the line isn’t an tangible Jay-Z quote, just to give you a clarity of the genuine time and intense labor that went into this thing.

“I wish a second possibility in the community, but we know I’ve got work to do to earn it.” 

What community? You meant Hollywood? Mel Gibson is on the up-and-up these days and the Golden Globes gave Woody Allen a Lifetime Achievement Award just 3 years ago. Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly 6 months ago and then welcomed him back last month like an venerable honoree at a award ceremony. As I’m certain you already know, “the community’” is just watchful a sign from the relate cover on when it’s fine to be cold with you again. 

I have goals that are now priorities. Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years, and this is a wake-up call.”

Wait, so according to Harvey Weinstein, he’s been trying to “do this”—meaning “be better” we presume—for “10 years”? we would honestly adore to hear what kind of almighty pervy forces have been forcing Harvey Weinstein—the man whom 90 percent of Hollywood is legit fearful to piss off—to keep sexually badgering women for the last decade. 

Here’s where it really gets good by which we meant off the g.d. rails. 

“I am going to need a place to channel that anger, so I’ve motionless that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. we wish Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place we had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a film about the President, maybe we can make it a corner retirement party.”

On the heels of the latest mass shooting, many of us acquire any takedown of the NRA. And deliberation his ancestral unpopularity, it’s always good to hear discuss of Trump no longer having entrance to the nuclear codes. But the whole tinge of this territory verges on the bizarre, that is until you remember you are in the midst of a pissing match, midstream. “I’m going to chuck you a party in the same place where we became a man, which you should consider a approach hazard to your own strength by some involved fallacious suspicion stream we won’t explain.” Or something.

Anyway, if there are 3 people who seem ideal for some arrange of man-off, it’s Weinstein, Trump and the conduct of the NRA. So there’s that.

“One year ago, we began organizing a $5 million substructure to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this competence seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom, and we won’t defect her.”

I theory that’s a good thing. Let’s just be certain every grant includes a proviso that states, “You are in no way now, nor in the future, gratified to Harvey Weinstein.” Just be safe. 


Kali Holloway is a comparison author and the associate editor of media and enlightenment at AlterNet.

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