Editorial: Hollywood's Eternal Shame

What a load of bullshit. Rape, misogyny and violence against women have been a part of Hollywood culture since Hollywood began - casting couches were a fixture in every producers office and it was expected that, if a woman wanted to make it, they'd eventually have to sleep with a sleaze bag producer. The results were unwanted pregnancies, abortions, damaged people, failed careers suicides and more. And let's not mention, no, let's do mention, how a lot of Hollywood heavyweights (read males) who liked to prey on the children. Nothing was done then, and nothing will really be done none, and this is despite producers bragging about it then and still do today - it was a mark of honour for these fuckheads.

It's continued through to today. Hollywood loves it's rapists and paedophiles- they give Woody Allen, Dennis Hopper and Roman Polanski awards and celebrate them, while attacking anyone who dares speak up against them. Polanksi now has five allegations of rape against him, all from women who were aged under 15 at the time of attack, but people defend him.

Why? Because he, and the rest, all make money. Hollywood loves a person, no matter their crimes, as long as they make money for the machine. Weinstein will be back, as will Spacey and Louis CK and all the rest. They'll be 'exiled' for a while, and then return. You can bet the house on it.

Nothing has changed and I'm stunned at all of this outrage that is now being expressed. Study your entertainment history people and you'll soon see a pattern that goes back to the days of Griffith and Co.

So, don't act all shocked. If you know your film history you'll know this is nothing new. Instead of the faux outrage, Hollywood would be better served by cutting off all ties to these bastards, making sure they never work in the industry again and, above all, stop defending them and giving them plaudits.

An stop silencing and blaming the victims.

Yeah, like any of that will happen.


The Seditionist said…
While I wouldn't be surprised that show biz people are worse than this -- Joss Whedon's situation, I suppose, is pretty archtypical of the environment in which this crap is somewhat likelier to foster in show biz -- I'd daresay the belief of alpha males that others are their sexual playthings extends far beyond Hollywood. Universal in way.
Outside show biz, off my tired head:
Journalism: Halperin, Ailes, O'Reilly, Oreskes, possibly the immediately prior publisher of the NY Times.
Politics: Wiener (okay, I'm assuming), Slick Willy Clinton, Donald Trumpand Roy {"Humbert Humbert"} Moore. (Of course, in Moore's case, it was perfectly normal behavior in his part of the world to prey on the underage.)
Relision: The Boston Archdiocese of the RCC.
I'm sure I can go on, but again, early in the AM.
I'm old and cynical; My only hope is that there's a heightened awareness and the potential victims, where possible, engage in a little more self-defense where possible.
But no, I don't expect a sea change here. That would require a revolutionary change of attitude. (Cf. how Roy Moore is still so beloved by these people, people who have spent decades or more relying on hypocrisy and denial in order to support their abusers.
The Seditionist said…
What I said; the other comment was written before all three cylinders were running. Left out:
Comics: Eddie Berganza and Julie ("B.O.") Schwartz. To Berganza's credit -- maybe -- it appears that he was required by Warner HR to learn how to behave. And unlike most of the others named in my comments, his sexual behavior may have been due in whole or in part to being, as they say, unable to handle his booze.

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