You know someone is a creep when Woody Allen says he feels “sad” for them.
The allegations against Harvey Weinstein continue to stack up, more and more women coming forward with tales of his slimy sexual advances.
And rape – let’s not forget about that.
Fun fact before we continue:
TIME have decided to pop Harvey on the cover of their October 23 issue, and here’s how they released their cover on Twitter:
— TIME (@TIME) October 12, 2017
If stills are more your thing:
The story itself is headlined “Harvey Weinstein and What Happens Next“, and we’ll take a look at how that one kicks off:
After decades of operating with impunity as one of the most powerful men in entertainment, Harvey Weinstein has been brought down by a flood of chilling sexual harassment and assault claims, more of which may yet come to light. Power seems to have been his noxious aphrodisiac. Power was why some women acceded and others clammed up, why his employees helped facilitate his assaults and why so many in Hollywood looked the other way for decades. Power was the means, the motive and the cover-up.
And power is exactly what he has lost, in a downfall that spans two coasts, several industries and dozens of klieg-lit names.
And then skip ahead to the powerful conclusion:
Every woman knows these men. We’ve worked for them, loved them, married them, raised them. We’ve watched their movies and read their books and cast ballots checking their names. We’ve occasionally been the Lisa Bloom in the Harvey Weinstein drama, compromising our ideals to defend a friend or protect our own hard-won but tenuous position.
Every woman also knows the pretty good men who aren’t predators, but who intentionally or tacitly create the conditions for the predation, degradation or even just marginalization [sic] of women: the men who make up all-male boards and executive leadership, who don’t want to create discomfort by challenging sexism from friends or co-workers, who hire and mentor and promote younger men who remind them of themselves, who go silent on “women’s issues.”
We are often quick to absolve them, and how could we not? Severing our ties with all of these men would require self-banishment to a remote cave, or at least expatriation to a radical commune. The Roger Aileses of the world are easy to dismiss, and their downfalls are easy to celebrate. The men who are supposed to be on our side, though–these men are the ones who break our hearts.
Take a moment to mull over that one, chaps.
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