Many years ago I used to always watch the Oscars Awards show. One of the reasons I stopped watching the Oscars because I was tired of hearing almost every Oscar winner thanking Harvey Weinstein.
After multiple thanks to Harvey Weinstein, I thought "Who is this Harvey Weinstein?" "Is he some god?" Then I heard Meryl Streep thank Harvey Weinstein and yes, she called him a god.
Being the inquiring person that I am, I did some research on this "god." I did a Google search and came upon an image of Harvey Weinstein. I thought to myself "Now there is a stereotypical Hollywood mogul who probably requires a casting couch approach to casting his films." But being the thoughtful and reasonable person that I am (no laughing), I didn't want to be unfair and make a rash judgement.
Over the years the accolades continued for Harvey Weinstein. WTF? Ron Howard is a great director and I didn't hear near the amount of accolades his way. Why all this adulation to Harvey Weinstein?
After a while I wasn't the only on who noticed the excessive "thank you Harvey Weinstein" accolades. In even posted to my Twitter account several times about all the "thank you Harvey Weinstein"as a joke.
Now it has been revealed that Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator. He used his position of power and influence to take advantage of women who had much less power than him. Harvey Weinstein was who I thought he was, a pig.
Of course I am disgusted by Harvey Weinstein and his actions but I am even more disgusted by those in the entertainment industry who know about his behavior and not doing anything about it. And I'm not talking about the women he assaulted and harassed. I understand why they didn't and couldn't come forward when they were harassed and assaulted. They didn't have the power. But there are those in the entertainment industry who are in power who knowingly looked the other way.
You can't tell me that many didn't know of Weinstein's behavior. Especially those in the Weinstein company who enabled him by settling with at least eight women who Weinstein harassed and assaulted.
I commend the courage of the actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd who were courageous and went public with their experience with Weinstein. Now that they have broken the dam, many more women went public with their encounters with Weinstein. What is disappointing is the silence of males in the movie industry. Have you noticed that too?
Here is my suggestion for these movie types. At the next Academy Awards ceremony, leave all those ribbons de jour that you wear on your lapel home. Leave all that phony baloney hypocritical displays of concern home. When you are up at the podium accepting your Academy award, congratulating yourselves, apologize to the world for enabling this pig called Harvey Weinstein. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for permitting this behavior to continue for so many years. Show the same outrage at Weinstein's behavior that you should towards those other pigs Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly.
And thank God we won't ever have to hear another
"I want to thank Harvey Weinstein without this award would not have been possible."