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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 3:22pm | IP Logged | 1  

In a way, when you have a situation where a very powerful and influential figure is abusing someone who won't fight back out of fear of retaliation, that intimidation extends to other parties not directly involved. Not to excuse anyone who knew about Weinstein's behavior, but even some of those people were victims on a certain level in that they likely feared his wrath if they said anything. 

Then again, in Hollywood you have a community that willingly will overlook atrocious acts of one of their own based on how popular thar person is within the industry.  Roman Polansky raped a child, and people like Meryl Streep have literally given the man a standing ovation (not for that evil deed, but still) after his horrendous crime was well-known.

So, were the celebrities whom were aware of Weinstein's behavior scared of reprisal to say something,  or willing to turn an eye because he was otherwise a respected figure in their circles?


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Hollywood is saturated in sexual harassment culture from top to bottom. During one unfortunate year every independent film I worked on had bro directors and bro crew trading "suck-my-cock-no-YOU-suck-MY-cock" wit. I tried explaining to numerous filmmakers how unprofessional they were and they created a hostile work environment for not just the crew they were harassing but everybody on their set, and was met with consistent push back and contempt. One guy sneered so hard I thought he was having a seizure.  
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I cannot wait for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the next awards gala next year and totally rip these guys to shreds... 



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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 5:42pm | IP Logged | 4  

It's sickening and I cannot help but see parallels with Jimmy Savile over here.

From what has been reported, since allegations came to light in 2012, many tried to complain about Savile. Cops have spoken about him. But he was, at least back then, a "national treasure" in entertainment circles. He was a BBC icon, if you will. And from what many have stated, this is what allowed him to get away with his acts.

Savile's autobiography hinted at improper conduct. And he was interviewed under caution by the police in 2007 (he died in 2011). 

It is horrifying to read about. And many have hinted since, particularly those at the BBC, that they knew of Savile's actions. But I guess some just didn't want to rock the boat. Some, such as singer Johnny Rotten, did appear to try and rock the boat during Savile's life, but following Savile's death, so many came out and said things such as, "We heard rumours!" or "We knew, but we considered it was the job of journalism and police to stop him." 

So none of this really surprises me. I just wish we could stop it.
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Matt Hawes
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Rachel Maddow examines sexual harassment stories:

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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 7:15pm | IP Logged | 6  

I'm really glad some of these casting couch and other abuses of power are coming to light and hopefully it will eventually be something that's the exception rather than the rule, though as long as there's power there is probably going to be people abusing it, but any progress is good progress in regards to this. And hopefully it will spur others to come forward, just as it did Terry Crew (which shows it can happen to anyone). I'm sure this but the tip of the iceberg in regards to Weinstein and other powerful Hollywood figures. 
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 7:56pm | IP Logged | 7  

You know who I'd like to see 'redeemed' or vindicated by all this coming out?

Corey Feldman.

Otherwise relegated as a punchline in popular culture, for years he's been leading a small, quiet crusade that not only kept talk of the casting couch in the discussion, but also a culture of pedophilia amongst the 'Hollywood Elite'.

This could get a lot uglier in the coming weeks and months. With all sorts of actresses (and actors) from A-list all the way down coming out and telling their tales, all the fingerpointing and ass-covering and selling-out of long-time friends, acquaintances and business partners may get real nasty.
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Michael, I was wondering if all this coming out might affect Corey Feldman and get him to name names about the child abuse he has been telling people runs rampant in Hollywood. He has been afraid to say who did what so far, but has made a point to say it happens, and more than most people think.
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I am not surprised by any of this and think we will find an amazing amount of hypocrisy from some of the people pointing fingers (Ben Affleck has already got in to hot water).

Think about it. This is an industry that gets actors to act sexual between each other and convinces them that gratuitous, explicit sex is OK as long as 'it serves the story'. Come on. Is anyone fooled by that line any more? They just want you to get your tits out.

I'm pretty sure that then leads to a belief that they are allowed to touch whomever they want whenever they want.

Oh yes, let's not forget you have a President that believes this also. Weinstein should have just said it was locker room talk.
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This article made me feel sick. I've since read an article where both Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come out that Weinstein sexually harassed them as well. 

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-ove rtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-the ir-stories

As if all this wasn't bad enough, Twitter decided to ban Rose McGowan for harassment. Are you freaking kidding me? I think I'm done with Twitter. They let President Cheeto Crotchgrabber make threats of nuclear genocide and harass anyone he chooses from a position of incredible power, but when a victim speaks out against her abuser and his enablers, she gets silenced. 
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Re: Ben Affleck... while I'm sure that, as a closer friend of Weinstein he's probably privy to greater wrongdoings....what was with the Hilarie Burton apology? From what I've seen of the TRL tape that's getting play (unless I missed something), I wasn't seeing much groping. I see him go in for a hug, but it didn't look especially 'handsy' or overly inappropriate... Is there a full tape of the show in question out there that points out the 'grope'? Was it something that happened below frame or off-camera?
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Burton says he squeezed her boob so he's apologizing for that apparently by saying he acted inappropriately. I watched it too and didn't see anything but it also looked edited. 
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