Hollywood Hypocrisy and the Silence of the Stars

Introduction — Oct 7, 2017

After one of the film industry’s most powerful producers, Harvey Weinstein, faced a string of sexual abuse allegations, some of Hollywood’s leading ladies have been notable only for their reluctance to speak out on the matter.
For decades now Weinstein has been one of the most prominent figures in the film industry. His films include: Sex, Lies and Videotape, Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction.

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Actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan both recently accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. As has news anchor Lauren Sivan, who claims Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant and forced her to watch as he masturbated.
Sivan claims the incident occurred after she had rebuffed Weinstein’s advances in the restaurant.
Nor is she the only woman to have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. According to an investigation by the New York Times, Weinstein successfully avoided prosecution for decades with cash settlements to his victims.
Only after the studio fired him and his wife announced her intended divorce did many of the big Hollywood names start coming out to openly condemn Weinstein. As if they had been waiting for the studio bosses approval before doing so.
Moreover, we suspect that the allegations against Weinstein are only the tip of a very big and very ugly iceberg. As Vigilant Citizen regularly reports, the entertainment industry feeds on depravity. So it’s no surprise to find that one of its most prominent producers and executives also happens to be a serial sexual pervert. Ed
Weinstein and Nicole Kidman at the premiere of Paddington.

Weinstein and Nicole Kidman at the premiere of Paddington. Click to enlarge

Three board members of Harvey Weinstein’s company QUIT ahead of internal inquiry over sexual harassment scandal while stars like Meryl and Nicole stay silent and offer no support to accuser Ashley Judd

Chris Spargo — Daily Mail Oct 7, 2017

One-third of the nine-man board at Harvey Weinstein’s company have resigned in protest 24-hours after allegations of sexual harassment against the movie mogul threw the firm into chaos.

Scrambling into damage-limitation mode the Weinstein Company also launched an internal probe into the claims against their disgraced co-founder and confirmed the 65-year-old would take an indefinite leave of absence.

And following the incendiary claims from actress Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan has slammed the women of Hollywood for their deafening silence.

Demanding to know where the ‘ladies of Hollywood’ were on this issue, McGowan – who is believed to have been paid a $100,000 settlement by Weinstein after an incident in the mid-1990s – appeared to attack the mute A-listers.

Indeed, A-list actresses like Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow who have used their fame to encourage and support women and who have worked with Weinstein have said nothing.

Those same three women have also been more than willing to supply writers and journalists with quotes praising Weinstein over the years and talking about how wonderful he is to work with as an actor.

Kidman’s lack of comment is perhaps the most glaring of the three as she just came off an awards season push for her HBO show Big Little Lies in which she repeatedly spoke about the importance of empowering women and supporting victims of abuse.

They are not alone in their silence either, as many other women who have sang the praises of Weinstein while speaking out against harassment also went mute as of Friday afternoon, including Kate Hudson, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Toni Collette, Minnie Driver and Uma Thurman.

Given the number of lawsuits that the company has settled over the years, there is, of course, a chance that some of these women cannot speak because they signed a NDA or do not want to speak on account of their own personal experiences.

Weinstein had already indicated on Thursday in his written statement in which he acknowledged his behavior in the past had caused ‘a lot of pain’ that he was taking a leave of absence.

On Friday, four board members including Weinstein’s brother Bob said that it was ‘important for him to get professional help’ as they confirmed he was leaving the company he co-founded.

 

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