Dear Hollywood walk the walk or don’t talk the talk

Dear Hollywood walk the walk or don’t talk the talk

Dear Hollywood walk the walk or don’t talk the talk

Hollywood has always had a problem with sexual abuse. The phrase “the Casting Couch” is a proven, horrible fact.

Now they sent a sacrificial scumbag to the Pyramid and figure like the ancient Aztecs they are good for another year. Apologies to my beloved Aztecs for the image. Except it does not work that way, kids. Harvey Weinstein is an egregious scumbag indeed, but he is not the only one. Which makes the virtue signaling nattering ninnies confused. See, they don’t get that walking the walk is more important than talking the talk. Or actions are more important than platitudes. Something the Afterschool Specials kind of forgot to teach. It is easy to blame Harvey and very hard to look for the other abusers. And there are many in Tinseltown.

Here is a classic example from Page Six:

When Hollywood’s most prestigious organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) — the group of nearly 7,000 actors, directors and other industry types who dole out the Oscars — expelled Harvey Weinstein on Oct. 14, audiences applauded. But by acting so swiftly, a mere nine days after the New York Times first reported allegations of sexual assault against the movie producer, the outfit now finds itself facing a dilemma.

Put simply: What to do with the rest of them?

And that is the elephant in the room nobody wants to deal with. The culture is dysfunctional and awful. Harvey is a result and a symptom not an aberration. And everyone knew who the predators were and what they did and said nothing.

Before some single brain-celled neo nazi decides to start whining, this mess crosses literally all races, religions and ethnicities. Note that finding a long term Hollywood marriage with a first husband and first wife are like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And we can all agree that is kind of messed up. Adultery is the norm and perhaps the culture itself is a big part of the problem? The enabling and covering for rapists like Polanski is despicable. And that is what the Academy needs to address, but they are running scared.

And it’s not just new allegations that are haunting the Academy. What to do about two of the most notorious accused sexual predators in Hollywood, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, who were charged years before the Weinstein stories broke? Or, for that matter, Casey Affleck — who last year won the Best Actor Oscar — and the two settled cases of sexual-harassment against him? (Cosby and Affleck deny the accusations.)

That’s kind of awkward. See, Polanski needed to be tried, convicted, and become a lifetime registered sex offender. But, no, Hollywood adores him. Even when they are hashtagging #MeToo, they are overlooking actual rapists. Which kind of invalidates all the tweets, happy words, and whatever they do to “help the victims” during every single award ceremony this winter. And spring. Like the Golden Globes. Fortunately Sabo has some welcoming art to remind them. Was there something about silence and persecution said recently?

Might be a bit awkward when Meryl Streep bleats about feminism this time.

So when will the hard work of rooting out the pedophiles, rapists, abusers, and assorted scum start, Hollywood? If you are going to put yourself out there as a moral arbiter, you have to not only say the right things but do them. Even when doing them hurts financially or creatively. So how about you enlightened holier than thou types do something and show us little people how it’s done. Otherwise you are talking the talk without walking the walk. We call that being a hypocrite.

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  • Timmy says:

    Of course it’s odious but no one was forced anyone to do anything. They could have walked out and got a normal job like the rest of us.

    And to be honest if it came with a mansion , 30 million in the bank, I might consider putting out. 30 million can buy a lot of therapy.

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