Even weighing the consideration that these are people who live in the world of fiction, it’s hard to believe how completely disingenuous the entertainment community’s denial of knowledge of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predations are.
We’re to believe based on their comments that almost no one – not the New York Times, not Jimmy Kimmel, not SNL, not TMZ, not even Harvey Weinstein’s own brother and business partner – knew he was raping and molesting women.
However, yet another video has emerged that makes the credibility of such statements more laughable than anything we’re likely to hear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! or Saturday Night Live.
Speaking at a red-carpet event in 2005 – 12 years ago! – Courtney Love, after being asked if she had any advice for young women moving to Hollywood, answered: “If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party at the Four Seasons, don’t go.”
One could by now build a lengthy montage of similar quotes and quips: many of which, such as the 30 Rock clip about Harvey Weinstein, has been often played here and elsewhere.
Still, kudos should be given to for Saturday Night Live for their sketch this past weekend standing up to Harvey Weinstein:
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 15, 2017
And let there be respect given to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board for voting to strip Mr. Weinstein of his membership.
One can only imagine the courage it must have taken to condemn rape or to speak out against an alleged rapist after those allegations have already been made public.
Hollywood, in its current state of shock and outrage following the news regarding Harvey Weinstein, is much like the tenth guy in the crowd to say “Y’know, I kinda thought the Emperor was kind of on the naked side” after the little boy had already pointed and yelled it out, and the Emperor had already run into his castle to cover himself.
It takes relatively no courage to pile on against an atrocity after the perpetrator has been already been tackled by others.