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Last week, the New York Times published a extensive inquisitive piece detailing decades of passionate nuisance and abuse by Hollywood film titan Harvey Weinstein. On Sunday, the Weinstein Company announced the ashamed author has been suspended from the studio he helped found, “effective immediately,” according to a report by Variety.
Weinstein’s sudden tumble from beauty after scarcely 30 years as one of the media’s many absolute players is precisely the outcome passionate predators should face. While regressive pundits, politicians and outlets—including the white-nationalist Breitbart—disingenuously try to make Weinstein’s donations to Democratic politicians an issue, the studio head’s colleagues are publicly disapproval his actions.
Among them is Meryl Streep, who worked with Weinstein on countless high-profile projects over the years, and once playfully referred to him as “god.” In a matter expelled to Huffington Post, Streep calls the women who came brazen to call out Weinstein “heroes.” The singer also suggests she was unknowingly of his actions, stating that “not everybody knew.”
The matter in its entirety is below:
[h/t Huffington Post]
“The infamous news about Harvey Weinstein has confounded those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and estimable causes he supported. The courageous women who lifted their voices to display this abuse are the heroes.
One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey upheld the work fiercely, was exasperating but deferential with me in the operative relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. we didn’t know about these other offenses: we did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; we did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, we don’t trust that all the inquisitive reporters in the party and the tough news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.
The function is inexcusable, but the abuse of energy familiar. Each dauntless voice that is raised, listened and credited by the watchdog media will eventually change the game.”
Kali Holloway is a comparison author and the associate editor of media and enlightenment at AlterNet.