Yes, Hollywood did speak in some measure against sexual assault and harassment during the Golden Globes on Sunday night. But it was also, still, a night for some grand hypocrisy in typical Hollywood style and where questions of abuse and cover-up were even leveled against the honorees.
First, one has to ask where was the great condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, the man whose alleged predations set off the storm? Not one actress mentioned him in their speeches. The only person to mention him was Seth Myers in a lame unfunny joke.
From NY Post:
“Harvey Weinstein can’t be here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” Meyers said. “But don’t worry — he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”
And how did these brave, crusading, black-garbed, pin-wearing celebrities respond? They booed.
Same when Meyers made a crack about the disgraced Kevin Spacey fumbling a Southern accent. “Oh, is that too mean?” Meyers asked incredulously. “To Kevin Spacey?”
Even a tame Woody Allen joke fell flat. It seems there’s no sexual predator who still doesn’t get Hollywood’s sympathy.
No one mentioned any of the actresses who fought the storm to bring the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to light.
Meanwhile, not one presenting or accepting actress mentioned Rose McGowan, who kickstarted this entire movement and who says she was raped by Harvey Weinstein. Sitting together up front were Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek, who both went public with the abuse and torment Weinstein visited upon them; in the New York Times, Hayek wrote that Weinstein threatened to have her killed.
These women are heroes. Not one of their colleagues called them out, thanked them, or acknowledged their bravery.
On the other hand, they did honor 101-year-old Kirk Douglas, the iconic actor.
In perhaps the night’s most twisted hosanna, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas was honored with a standing ovation and special award. It didn’t take long for Twitter to light up over Douglas’s long-rumored rape of Natalie Wood when she was just 16.
If the average viewer at home knows about this, how could a room of insiders not? Just what are they trying to say?
They also recognized the movie ‘I, Tonya’ which was the story about the effort to incapacitate Nancy Kerrigan and take her out of the competition to improve Tonya Harding’s chances. Actress Allison Janney praised Harding who was in attendance for “sharing her story . . . a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media.”
And as James Franco was accepting an award, an unverified account of actress Ally Sheedy seemed to tweet out allegations against him.
From Fox News:
Her tweets garnered social media attention and were deleted after outlets like Vanity Fair and E! News began reporting that Sheedy had called out Franco. One tweet read, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
Another stated, “Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo”
This wasn’t the first question raised about James Franco. He made headlines in 2014 for trying to meet up with a 17-year-old girl at a hotel. He apologized and suffered no consequences for his actions.
It would seem that Hollywood still has some ways to go before the fully shed their hypocrisy and further address their issues.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]