By Tessa Osteen
Announcements of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s paid settlements with various sexual harassment accusers has rocked the entertainment industry since the October 10th issue of The New Yorker. It was revealed from the NY Times that he was fired from his own company, which he previously co-founded and worked for before these accusations came to light.
These sexual harassments and assaults have been going on for more than three decades during his career in show business. Harvey justified these behaviors by saying he’s “used to” harassing or degrading women. Meryl Streep expressed her disapproval towards Weinstein’s actions saying,“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported.” Some of Weinstein’s famous films include Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, and Good Will Hunting.
Many women in the entertainment industry have come out and told their own stories about Weinstein’s actions. Some of these women include A-List actresses like Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. More are still coming forward since the article was published and there has been 25+ women who made accusations against Weinstein. Angelina Jolie, an actress who beforehand worked with Weinstein said ,“I had a bad experience With Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, choose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.”
Rose McGowan is another outspoken victim of Harvey’s actions. In 1997, she had reached a settlement with Weinstein over a hotel room visit during the time of the Sundance Film Festival, a famous film festival in Utah. The settlement paid to her was over $100,000. When articles came out about Weinstein, she voiced her thoughts on social media to criticize Hollywood personalities who stayed silent throughout the years leading up to now.
People in the political atmosphere have come out and made statements about this revelation. Hillary Clinton, runner-up to the 2016 presidential election, said she was, “shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein.” Weinstein, a Hillary Clinton supporter, contributed over $46,000 dollars to her campaign. Many critics of Clinton say she should return the money that Weinstein gave her during the political season.
More women have spoken out about the fallen Hollywood producer and how their encounters left them traumatized. On Tuesday, October 10, it was released from The New Yorker that he had raped three different women.Manohla Dargis a writer covering the Weinstein story said, “It is an industry with a history of sexually exploiting younger female performers and stamping expiration dates on older ones.”
Judd Apatow a fellow director says,“When you’re young and you don’t have a lot of money, it’s very easy to scare somebody with the threat of all the doors closing on your career and, potentially, lawsuits that you can’t afford to defend yourself from.” Judd Apatow explained how there aren’t many “heroes” in the world to put livelihoods at risk or to confront dangerous people like Harvey Weinstein. People like Weinstein are everywhere in the world and in every industry.
Since these accusations have been exposed by The New Yorker, it has sparked many women around social media to tell their own stories of sexual assault or harassment with the #metoo campaign. Alyssa Milano, a friend of Rose Mcgowan, says,“If all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” A few days before, some women and men also participated in a blackout day where they stayed off of twitter for the day to protest Rose Mcgowan being suspended for saying Ben Affleck had knowledge of Weinsteins history of sexual misconduct. Many horrible stories like these are still being followed by men in high power who use their authority and money to silence their victims and abuse them as they please.