Nine days after The New York Times first disclosed sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him from its ranks.
Now the group is having second thoughts, the New York Post’s Page Six reported over the weekend. With mounting claims brought against other Tinseltown figures, the Academy finds itself on the horns of a dilemma.
How can it not expel the other celebrities who were caught with their hands and other parts in the proverbial cookie jar without sounding like hypocrites?
The real question is, why should the hypocrite label concern them now when it never has in the past?
Start of #MeToo Movement
After The Times ran its Weinstein report last October, other victims came forward with their own sexual harassment stories, using the hashtag #MeToo. The men who were accused included politicians, media giants, celebrity chefs, and captains of industry.
The Academy cared little about those types, however. It was most concerned about allegations lodged against its own — the almost 7,000 actors, directors, and other industry members who cast their Oscar vote each year.
“Harvey opened the floodgates,” one male Academy member observed. “Now the Academy’s drowning in a tide of s**t. They don’t know what hit them.”
The accused include Hollywood A-list actors Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, and Ben Affleck. Actors Jeffrey Tambor, Steven Seagal, and Jeremy Piven were also caught in the net, as was documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
The most surprising was Bob Weinstein, who co-founded Miramax Films with his brother Harvey Weinstein who started the avalanche. Mere days after Bob called his brother “a very sick man” and “a world class liar,” a showrunner accused him of making repeated unwanted romantic advances.
History of Lip Service
Hollywood has a rich history in not just filmmaking, but also is legendary for its hypocrisy.
French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor Roman Polanski fled the United States in 1977 to avoid sentencing for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. That didn’t deter the Academy from honoring him as best director at the 2003 Oscars for his film “The Pianist.”
And that didn’t stop actress Meryl Streep from giving Polanski a standing ovation at the announcement of his name at that event. He couldn’t personally accept the award because he was still in self-imposed exile due to the rape conviction.
As The Jerusalem Post’s Amy Spiro observed:
Then there’s another legendary director, Woody Allen, who also allegedly has a penchant for young women. Dylan Farrow, daughter of actress Mia Farrow, claims that when she was 7 years old, Allen took her to an attic and sexually molested her.
Allen denies the allegations.
In a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed, Dylan Farrow asked, “Why has the #MeToo revolution spared Woody Allen?”
But Tinsel Town’s lip service doesn’t end there.
Hollywood’s elite decry President Donald Trump’s plans to build a border wall while they safely ensconce themselves within the protective barrier of their own property walls.
They use award shows as a soapbox to blast the Second Amendment guarantees of private gun ownership, but arrive and depart the ceremonies surrounded by their own armed bodyguards.
And celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio travel to and from global warming conferences in private aircraft to decry the unnecessary burning of fossil fuel.
The long list of Academy members with their own sexual assault claims is just another day in the life, another brick in the wall.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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