There is no loyalty in show business I guess, as Hollywood stars continue to trip over themselves in their clumsy attempts to “expose” and have a dig at disgraced Producer Harvey Weinstein. It is a clear manifestation of just how egocentric and self serving these actors and actresses really are. Two weeks ago, had they been asked about Harvey Weinstein (whose transgressions they now admit they have known about for years), they would have had nothing but glowing things to say about him. However, since he’s been “exposed” in public and his transgressions are no longer the private property of the elitist Hollywood cabal, they’ve all decided to not only throw him under the bus, but volunteer to shovel the dirt over his roadside carcass: making sure to be seen and heard doing so of course.
However, Hollywood’s blundering attempts to spare its public image from further harm by separating itself physically and morally from Harvey Weinstein, have only further denigrated its public image. It’s the classic case of the snake eating its own tail. What Hollywood doesn’t seem to understand is that Harvey Weinstein is the perfect embodiment of everything Hollywood. Only recently, Mr Weinstein was considered a great connoisseur of “women’s rights”; all the while defaming women in some of the worst ways. It’s a prime example of the double life that Hollywood has mastered over the years. Say one thing publicly and do something completely different privately.
Thus every time Hollywood stars condemn Weinstein, they’re condemning themselves in the very same breath.
The Motion Picture Academy
Take the Motion Picture Academy for example, which, in an apparent act of social justice magnanimity, expelled Harvey Weinstein from their ranks. Of course they did so with Roman Polanski still a member of the Academy. Even the worst allegations against Mr. Weinstein i.e. rape, do not compare to what Roman Polanski was actually found guilty of in a court of law: drugging a 13 year old girl with Quaaludes and then raping and sodomising her. That man is still in the Academy, yet they felt the moral obligation to expel a man who at worst is accused of rape; not drugging, raping, paedophilia and sodomy, which as horrible as rape is on its own, doesn’t measure up to that kind of evil. Why would anyone buy this virtue signaling gesture of the Academy?
Then up steps the idiot James Corden. I call James Corden an idiot relative to his Hollywood contemporaries, because judging by their lukewarm reaction to his Weinstein jokes, even they knew it simply was too soon to start capitalizing on the Weinstein affair. But not James Corden. He decided to go for it, joking about Harvey Weinstein’s transgressions at the amfAR Gala, demonstrating an extreme lack of awareness of the public outcry this would garner.
As reported in the Daily Mail Corden opened the event with this: “This is a beautiful room, it’s a beautiful night here in L.A,…It’s so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.” As disgusting as Corden’s opening joke was, I’m glad he said it, because it lets us see Hollywood’s true attitude towards all of this. They make light of harassment all of the time. They make light of the sexual exploitation of children all the time too. All you have to do is watch one of their movies. And with that joke, Corden was simply doing what came naturally to him and to all of his bosses and cohorts. He made light of a serious issue, to get people to eventually see that it’s no big deal and that they should accept it as morally tangible.
After getting a lukewarm reaction to his joke, he doubled down on his naivety and stupidity when he responded in this way: ‘If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now.’ With that response, one can decipher that Corden actually thought he had the moral high ground, by asking people to leave if they did not find his joke funny. He actually thought that people would think his jokes about Weinstein’s infamous behaviour patterns, would be received as a heroic act in the fight against Weinstein’s tyranny. You could also tell that’s what he thought based on his tweeted apology. But who in their right mind would think that Corden’s jokes about Weinstein, was his way of opposing the Hollywood mogul’s actions? It was another clear indication that Hollywood’s sense of morality is now and has been defunct, probably since its inception.
But Corden didn’t stop there. His Weinstein jokes became more and more cringe worthy but he probably thought at the time that they were just great, saying: “It has been weird this week though, watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath. Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but sadly he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.” Ha Ha James, that was so funny. Amidst rape allegations, let’s bring up experiences the actresses have unanimously said were horrible and let’s make fun of them.
It’s almost inexplicable; but as I’ve said before, this is Hollywood doing what’s natural to it. It has had decades of success, normalising the most perverse activities. The billions it has made is proof positive of that; a fortune most of us have patronized and promoted.
The actress Eva Green joined a long list of celebrities who have condemned Harvey Weinstein and his actions, claiming that she too was sexually harassed. As reported in the Daily Mail, “Among the many actresses who have in recent days revealed their unwanted sexual mauling at the hands of the film producer Harvey Weinstein is the Casino Royale star, Eva Green. She revealed how ‘shocked and disgusted’ she had been at the time.” However, as has been the case with many other Hollywood celebrities, Eva Green’s use of the buzzwords “shocked and disgusted” was a sure sign that she was not. As further reported by the Daily Mail: “In reporting this yesterday, Sky News showed stock footage of Green posing at a film awards ceremony alongside… Roman Polanski.“
So Eva Green is “shocked and disgusted” by Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour but she was perfectly at peace with posing for pictures with Roman Polanski? She was disgusted by what Weinstein’s been accused of but not by what Polanski has been found guilty of? If paedophilia does not shock Ms. Green, I doubt sexual harassment does. Once again, Hollywood’s lack of self awareness is made brutally apparent.
British Actress Emma Thompson took the virtue signaling up a notch on BBC’s Newsweek last week. As reported in Breitbart the actress said:
“I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all, and they’re endemic to the system anyway,…What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg. I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator. But what he’s, as it were, the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment, and belittling, and bullying, and interference, and what my mother would have referred to in the olden days as ‘pestering.’ ‘Is he pestering you?’ That’s the word we used to use in the olden days if you recall,…This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial.”
When asked whether she thought there were other sexual predators like Weinstein in Hollywood at the moment, Thompson replied, “Of course. Many. Maybe not to that degree. Do they all have to be as bad as him to make it count? Does it only count if you really have done it to loads and loads and loads of women, or does it count if you do it to one woman once? I think the latter.”
Emma Thompson claimed over and over in the above excerpt that she “didn’t know” about the Weinstein affair. However, what she apparently didn’t know also, was just how many times she contradicted herself. At first she said “I didn’t know about these things…” but immediately follows up that claim with another official Hollywood answer when she said “but they (the revelations about Weinstein) don’t surprise me at all…” How could they not surprise her at all if she didn’t know about them?
She then says that sexual harassment like Weinstein’s was “endemic to the system…”. That doesn’t sound like the statement of someone who “didn’t know”. When pressed about her double standards in the interview, denouncing Harvey Weinstein on the one hand yet signing a petition for Roman Polanski’s release the actress remarkably claimed that: “she had signed ‘without really thinking about it . . . I had been absolutely bamboozled by my respect for his art’. (Daily Mail)
The Daily Mail report continued, stating: “Thompson said that she had later asked for her name to be removed from the petition, after it had been pointed out to her by ‘young feminists at my son’s university’ that Polanski was ‘a rapist’. The actress again claiming ignorance in a matter that was universally known. Ms. Thompson is clearly covering up to save face. She wants to signal that she is completely at odds with Harvey Weinstein but was for years publicly supportive of someone found guilty of being far worse. Thompson’s ridiculous ignorance claim, is truly a manifestation of the endemic hypocrisy and the lack of self awareness in Hollywood.