Guest blogger Lulu has noticed that the women speaking up about the Weinstein scandal fall into a few distinct categories, none of which seem very brave.
Like everyone else, I have been watching the Harvey Weinstein story unfold with some fascination. Of course, the “why now?” aspect remains unanswered, and the other shoes have yet to drop on other perps and pervs. It has been remarkable to watch the Hollywood omerta code and how it was honored for decades. For me, an observer of human behavior, it has been fascinating to observe the reactions of the Hollywood community: the liars, the hypocrites, the actual victims, the game players. They’re all there.
First thing I noticed was that confessions seemed to follow a pattern. Harvey made lewd requests. The actress says she refused. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie fit into this group. He tried. They declined. Harvey was pretty bold. These are daughters of Hollywood celebrities. It doesn’t deter him. These aren’t hungry small town girls he can easily manipulate. No, here the message is definitely about power. I can even humiliate people with famous parents and everyone is too scared of me to stop me. It’s a power play to be sure. I am intrigued by the fact that everyone famous says she said no. No one famous could possibly admit that she said yes if she did.
The liars: Meryl “I never knew, this is the first I’ve ever heard of it, Harvey Weinstein is God” Streep. Jane “I only heard about it last year. I’m totally shocked” Fonda. Brave feminists. [Read more…]