The Academy has booted Harvey Weinstein over multiple allegations of sexual abuse. This is the right move, of course, but it brings up a very ugly question: Are others who also committed sexual assaults allowed to stay because their victims weren’t famous people like Angelina Jolie and Rose McGowan?
Was the 13-year-old victim of Roman Polanski so insignificant to the Academy that they choose to honor him rather than disavow him?
What about the multiple alleged victims of Bill Cosby? His sins may or may not be as egregious, but they’re definitely on the same scale? That he hasn’t been proven guilty shouldn’t stop them, otherwise Weinstein shouldn’t have gotten the boot, either.
Let’s not even go into the multiple accomplices, enablers, and all the people who knew what was happening but chose to look the other way.
Hollywood is a cesspool that chose long ago to spread its filth to the masses. I’m not just referring to the culture that empowers sexual predators, an allegation that has been swept under the rug hundreds of times over the decades. Their brand of filth is deeper, penetrating the psyches of billions worldwide. It’s enough to make the “normal” people wonder if the ultra-orthodox religious people who scorn Hollywood haven’t had it right all along.
If the Academy is going to finally embrace justice, they need to be consistent about it. Meryl Streep can’t condemn Weinstein while giving Polanski a standing ovation just because it was her friends who were the victims. Hollywood media can’t ignore Weinstein’s and others’ crimes for decades and then suddenly become righteous in their indignation just because the cat has been let out of its bag. The Academy can’t condemn Weinstein without doing the same for everyone who has committed similar crimes.
I’m not calling for a witch hunt, which this very easily can become. What I’m suggesting is that there are known devils in Hollywood. Weinstein isn’t the only. He’s not the first. He won’t be the last. If the Academy wants to do the right thing, they’ll purge from their membership all who have built this culture that embraces sexual predators in their midst. Therein lies the problem, though. Nobody knows for sure how many people “in their midst” are part of the bigger problem.
As much as I hate to admit it, this post was inspired by a HuffPo article:
The two names that immediately sprung to everyone lips after Weinstein’s ouster were Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski. Cosby is just as disgraced as Weinstein. And in some ways maybe even more so. He’s been charged and tried for sexual crimes. He has not been convicted. But he has not been acquitted either. Beyond that there’s his own sworn affidavit that he drugged and sexually violated at least one woman. Dozens more claim the same about him. Polanski is not just disgraced, but a long-standing fugitive from the country for a rape charge.
And it appears the question isn’t a unique one… RedState picked up on the same concept:
I don’t much care about this whole episode beyond the fact that you have shallow and detestable people feeding upon one another over something that has been the way Hollywood has operated since the days of Fatty Arbuckle.
But we shouldn’t pretend this is anything but an obvious attempt as ass-covering by an institution devoid of honor, morals, or ethics. In 1977, director Roman Polanski was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl over the course of a few hours: