Remember that time when Harvey Weinstein tried to botch Snowpiercer’s release in the USA by trimming its 126-minute runtime to 106-minutes in favor of constant, meaningless action?
No one came to my support when my ex-fiance abused me: Lindsay Lohan – Actor Lindsay Lohan, who earlier defended accused rapist Harvey Weinstein, says she didn’t receive any public support from “most women in America” when she was in…
Actor Lindsay Lohan, who earlier defended accused rapist Harvey Weinstein, says she didn’t receive any public support from “most women in America” when she was in…
“He said he couldn’t believe how fast I had gotten to where I was, and that he had treated me so badly in the past. He was ashamed of his actions and he promised to respect me moving forward.”
Dreams I Have: Tattooing this on the forehead of every man who dares suggest that sexual assault is not, in its basest, simplest form, a refusal to view women as being goddamn human beings. Capable of anything. Deserving respect, as any man would require, simply by existing.
El cineasta estadounidense Quentin Tarantino ha admitido en una entrevista publicada este jueves que sabía desde hacía décadas que el productor Harvey Weinstein cometía abusos sexuales y ha confesado que se siente avergonzado por no haber hecho nada al respecto y por no haber dejado de trabajar con el magnate. “Sabía lo suficiente como para haber hecho más de lo que hice”, ha dicho el ganador de…
Plus d’une trentaine de femmes ont été victimes de harcèlement et d’agression sexuelle de la part du magnat d’Hollywood. Six l’accusent de viol. Des accusations qui ont ouvert la voie à trois enquêtes à New York, Londres et Los Angeles. Voici les visages et les témoignages de celles qui ont mis au jour l’affaire Weinstein.
A couple of weeks ago, yet another sexual harassment scandal took the media world by storm: movie producer Harvey Weinstein was being accused of various degrees of criminal conduct of a sexual nature towards several young women. His first reaction, appallingly, was to try and justify his behavior by arguing that the culture he grew up in essentially condoned such kinds of actions. First off, no it did not: rape was as illegal then as it is now. Second: the “It’s always been that way” defence tends to be highly flawed, especially when it comes to social progress.
That a powerful movie producer used his position to try and abuse young, weaker women is not exactly surprising. That Harvey Weinstein was able to do it at such a scale, during such a long time, with such few reactions (until now) is arguably a little more perplexing: we have to assume (and are starting to see) that there are others like him, although the fact that such systematic (and covered) behavior is even possible should raise concern. But what is truly specific about this case is that, finally, a sexual abuse affair truly became viral.
The fact that Weinstein’s victims were (now) high profile actresses probably helped trigger such a wide social debate (as opposed to lesser known personalities in similarly dreadful cases, such as the various Fox news scandals or Bill Cosby’s trial). But the reason is less important than the fact: in October 2017, as the current United States President himself has repeatedly been accused of comparable crimes, the world is finally talking about sexism in all its shapes, from the most common disparaging every day comments to the most brutal cases of sexual assault and rape.
Let us not forget two things:
1. Sexism is arguably the worst kind of discrimination in society, because it is the most universal. Excluding the few existing examples of matriarchal societies, most of humanity is affected by deep, underlying gender inequality, from the different career paths women are offered to salary inequality to the very way culture sees the role of men and women… to the fact that a hyper-qualified woman with a spotless political record actually lost the US presidential election last year to a man who, again, is (probably) a sex offender. That such a thing can happen in contemporary western societies amply proves the depth of the issue.
2. Despite it all, things are actually getting better. The very existence of such a vivacious debate (better late than never) is a clear sign of progress in the fight against sexism. That men (finally) realize that all women have been abused in some way, usually while engaging in the most innocuous activities (such as taking the subway, talking with colleagues at work… or simply crossing the street) will eventually help them understand what needs to change. Realizing that there is a problem, and how big it is, is always the first step towards fixing it.
We live in strange, troubled, contradictory times. Some of the greatest feats of social progress happen to coincide with renewed phenomena of discrimination and xenophobia. This is likely not an accident. And we know how it will eventually end: better than it started.
The lawyer representing the L.A. woman who is now accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape is determined to let the world know he’s her lawyer.
Attorney David Ring has already updated his website, boasting his new client … “David Ring of Taylor & Ring is representing the victim who was raped by Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles in 2013. LAPD has taken a criminal report. The investigation is ongoing. This will be a developing story.”
It goes on … “The victim and Mr. Ring are fully cooperating with the LAPD.”
And then there’s this “The LA Times story follows: Click Here for the full story.”
Ring links to a story posted on the L.A. Times website, immediately after the alleged victim spoke to LAPD. She and Ring sat for the interview with the Times.
Ring then put out a media advisory that he will be holding a news conference Friday at 1 PM PT, spilling more details about the case.
As we reported, some LAPD detectives are concerned the woman beelined it for the media because they believe it compromises the case.
TMZ first reported the story.
Week in Geek, episode 9, recorded 10/18/17. News since last recording, including: Hollywood is full of stories in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, how long will it last?; a Settlers of Catan movie, apparently; a Hulk 3-movie story arc; looking ahead at Marvel Phase 4; Joss Whedon and director credit for Justice League; Solo: A Star Wars Story; and NetFlix pushing unique content in a big way.
Week in Geek, episode 9, recorded 10/18/17. News since last recording, including: Hollywood is full of stories in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, how long will it last?; a Settlers of Catan movie, apparently; a Hulk 3-movie story arc; looking ahead at Marvel Phase 4; Joss Whedon and director credit for Justice League; Solo: A Star Wars Story; and NetFlix pushing unique content in a big way. And…