Weinstein scandal exposes hypocrisy of Hollywood elite

Most of these artists, who have lost sight of what reality and fiction is, were aware of what was going on, in some cases even to their own fiancées and girlfriends, but decided to deal with the accused directly without alerting the police. In the meantime, other women were abused.

by Angelo Persichilli (The Hill Times – 30 Oct.2017)

There are many reasons why rape victims don’t speak out against their attackers. However, focusing mainly on this aspect would only distract from the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and its causes.

We shouldn’t waste time judging victims for waiting to come forward. A rape is a rape, regardless of the time it takes the victim to go public. Instead, we should focus on the attacker and on those who knew and could have done something, but remained silent.

On the former, there is little to say other than if the accusations against Harvey Weinstein are proven in the courts, he should be persecuted to the full extend of the law. It is, instead, important to spend some time talking about the environment in which his alleged crimes were perpetrated, in this case Hollywood and its fake heroes.

Most of these artists, who have lost sight of what reality and fiction, were aware of what was going on, and in some cases even to their own fiancées and girlfriends, but decided to deal with the accused directly without alerting the police. In the meantime, other women were abused. These fake heroes are always quick to promote respect and ethics, as long as they don’t apply to them. They know everything about the environment and how to defend it.

They lecture us on how to promote peace in the world, to condemn violence, preach human rights, fight hunger and feed the children in Africa, and encourage gender equality and respect for women.

What a bunch of hypocrites.

Some, like director Quentin Tarantino, have already admitted it. Actor Brad Pitt was aware of some instances when Weinstein misbehaved, but only now has publicly confirmed it. He admitted that he once confronted Weinstein when his then-girlfriend, Gwyneth Paltrow, told him that Weinstein sexually harassed her.

Angelina Jolie has now accused Weinstein of “unwanted sexual advances” in the late ‘90s in a hotel room. Actress Kate Winslet, in 2009, did not mention Harvey Weinstein, when she won the leading actress Oscar for The Reader. She said that “it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?”

The list could go on and on. Actor George Clooney, talking to the CBC, said he would like to know who in the media industry had the story but killed it. I would have preferred that Clooney had asked how many of his colleagues knew but remained silent.

It is always other people’s fault.

The Hollywood elite, for the most part, publicly denounce violence, but if we remove violence from most of their movies, only the opening and closing credits would be left. There are more drugs in Hollywood than in a South American cartel’s stash. They fight to protect the environment but are some of the worst polluters. With the power they use to light up their mansions in Los Angeles in a week, they could supply power for a year in a poor country in Africa. They pollute the streets with their monstrous SUVs and the air with their private jets more than the worst industry in America. They are against guns in the streets and in stores, but their movies are the most effective promoters of the industry.

The problems facing our society are numerous and serious, but the most dangerous is hypocrisy.

Angelo Persichilli is a freelance journalist and a former citizenship judge for the Greater Toronto Area. He was also a director of communications to former prime minister Stephen Harper, former columnist for Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and former political editor of Corriere Canadese, Canada’s Italian language newspaper in Toronto.

 

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