October 9, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, the powerful Hollywood producer/Democratic fundraiser/friend of Obama and the Clintons, has been fired from his job as head of the Weinstein Company by its board of directors, following a report in the New York Times alleging decades of crude sexual harassment of actresses and female staffers. Board members were reportedly furious that he hadn’t disclosed multiple settlements paid to accusers.

But to be frank, it’s hard to believe that they were completely in the dark. Now that the Times has broken the silence, Hollywood insiders are saying that stories about Weinstein’s awful behavior toward women have been circulating for years. While a Republican would have been pilloried for even a hint of such behavior, Weinstein was protected by his liberal politics and fear of his power in show business.

Even now, the conspiracy of silence continues: late night comics who went ballistic over Donald Trump for saying crude things about women on a secretly-taped video from a decade before have been completely silent about Weinstein. The Daily Mail reported that “Saturday Night Live” had one joke about him in “Weekend Update” during dress rehearsal, and it got a big reaction but was cut out of the show that aired. When asked about it, producer Lorne Michaels brushed it off with, “It’s a New York thing.” I guess that means “SNL” doesn’t attack New Yorkers, which will certainly be news to Donald Trump.

While Democrats scurry to belatedly give the money Weinstein donated tothem to appropriately PC non-profits (or in some cases, try to figure out a plausible excuse not to), “Girls” star Lena Dunham was one of the few celebrities with the guts to speak out. She tweeted, in part: “This needs to end, and it’s high time Hollywood shone a light on itself and made real changes in the behavior we accept from those in power.”

Here’s something I bet you thought you’d never hear me say: Kudos to Lena Dunham!


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  • Edith Williams

    10/10/2017 10:58 PM

    Lena Dunham said something intelligent? Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • Sandy Ronecker

    10/10/2017 06:47 PM

    More and more just keeps coming out. I totally agree with Sue Melinn. Just knowing so much about actors has turned me sour towards them and their movies! Shame. There are some good actors I don't care to see anymore because of their insane remarks and moral judgment against our president. Keep up the great work!

  • Nan Wysock

    10/10/2017 02:57 PM

    I am surprised to hear that Lena Dunham said something so wise. Good for her.

  • Ingrid Forsberg

    10/10/2017 12:46 PM

    The seed of Hollywood corruption was growing way back in the 1950s & before. I was a kid and we lived on the back of Howard Strickling's 5 acres in Encino, CA. My mother kept their large house near the front of the property. Mr. Strickling was the head of publicity at MGM at the time. Clark Gable, among others visited them there. I found out later about the widely known Hollywood "secrets" Mr. Strickling was involved in. This thing did not happen overnight. It has been part of the Hollywood culture for many, many decades...probably since before I was born in 1947.

  • Allen Rathbone

    10/10/2017 11:45 AM

    Mr. Huckabee- you are right about how they could not have all been in the dark. In fact, I'm pretty certain that it was barely a secret, given that South Park ran an episode in 2003 ("Cancelled") that heavily insinuated the Weinsten brothers were perverts and sexual predators. It's not a smoking gun, but I think it indicates that the activity was known.
    As for Lena Dunham being outraged-- she is a self-confessed child molester (in her autobiography Not That Kind of Girl) and should be in prison. She really has no moral high ground from which to toss outrage at Weinstein or anyone else.

  • Sue Melinn

    10/10/2017 09:05 AM

    She didn't say much. I just do not understand why Hollywood Celebs can't just do their jobs. Entertain us. That is what we pay for. I do not want to know that Tom Petty was a liberal! I don't care! I was told by a Petty Fan that "people like us" don't usually listen to "that" kind of music! Well, I do! I didn't know that country music meant conservative. I don't want Tim Allen off the air because of his belief. I don't want to watch Will and Grace and hear my President get put down. I do not want to hear the Harvey Biernstien gets a bye because he is funding the Clinton's. I get pissed when the hag from Porto Rico can't do her job, because she is to busy getting T-Shirts made that say they are dying. This is all so tiring. Have a blessed day!