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The Weinstein Debacle

Does everyone know that half of “Hollywood” is in total damage control spin mode right now?

Several things to consider:

1.) More people knew about HW than didn’t. The Hollywood inner circle is very small, elite and incestuous. If you’re a member of that club you talk to other members.

2.) Not only did other people know but many gave him a hall pass because like it or not HW made great films. Only a select few could have the luxury to choose to not work with HW. The vast majority of people who wanted to make movies and were given the chance to work with HW took it.

3.) Many of those complicit in keeping and/or brushing off the HW secret are artists we know and love. If 100% disclosure should happen we all will be collectively much more freaked out than we already are.

4.) This went on for decades. Drawing logical conclusions we can assume that many (yes, many) talented and awesome actresses did in fact have coerced sexual relationships with HW. That is the sad truth. He could ruin careers with one phone call and most likely did on several occasions. Or at best he “benched” some actresses for a few months. Not everyone is an Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow with that kind of power and weight. This is a really sad truth to part of the story and my heart aches for these women. Hollywood can be a cruel, bitter and highly dysfunctional playground.

5.) Again, part of the problem is that HW made amazing films. Some of the best. It would be so much easier if this was Michael Bay. Because of this the spider web of connections, secrets, cover ups and complicity has Hollywood freaking the fuck out right now. There isn’t a Lot or production company in LA that isn’t scared out of their minds.

6.) It took old fashioned hard nosed journalism to take him down. This allowed for a strong group of women to unite and collectively tell their story using the already built shield of the published stories. Imagine if one lone actress hired Gloria Allred and came forth? HW would have called her a liar and sued for defamation. He’s that fucked up. This is a story that demonstrates when media works well, it can create a tsunami that mobilizes truth.

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    Whitney
    October 19, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Good recap and biggest part of this to consider is the idea that HW thought this was his birthright and many men (and women) buy into that myth which is sad, false and hurting us as a human species. This patriarchal strong hold/ dynamic is keeping us from evolving. Yet I do feel hope with the groundswell of attention and focus and awareness and women (and men) standing together so….onward, we hope. Love your podcast! How can one recommend a quest?

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