Man, I take a few days off to go to Italy and Hollywood literally implodes! The long-heard whispers about Harvey Weinstein turned into published articles that ended up being even more explosive than expected, according to the latest reports. It can’t be overstated how much of a power player he is in the industry, and how big of a deal this is. Heavy hitters like Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, and Angelina Jolie have joined his accusers, while Hollywood heavies like Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and Ben Affleck have spoken out against him. Look at that list. And it’s growing by the hour. This thing is not going away.
Of course, as great as it is for Hollywood to finally (finally!) speak up, many of those doing so are problematic. Winslet’s next movie is with Woody Allen; Pitt was in a relationship with both Paltrow & Jolie and apparently never came forward; Affleck talked about changing the culture but stays silent on the allegations surrounding his brother Casey (and dated Paltrow after her alleged incident took place but he still didn’t know?); Damon is said to have helped suppress a story about Weinstein in 2004 (which he denies).
If anything good comes from this (besides Weinstein’s fall from grace), it’s that Hollywood finally seems ready to talk about this stuff. Terry Crews shared a story about being groped by an exec, it came out that Hayley Attwell was defended by costar Emma Thompson after Weinstein allegedly called her “a fat pig” onset, and a writer on The Originals told a story on Twitter about the time Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles protected her from harassment by a powerful agent. If this teaches us anything, it’s that Hollywood (especially its men), can no longer be silent and let this crap happen.