Coming off my post on Monday about the lack of outrage by women over the Harvey Weinstein revelations, I was struck by the argument that he had no power so why march or demonstrate.
It’s a lost opportunity to further the conversation. I applaud the online hashtag — me too — as a show of solidarity and just how prevalent sexual harassment is in our society. The women who have come out and announced the worst experience of their lives get my admiration and respect.
But to leave it there only shows a small segment of society just how widespread this horrible act is and why further action needs to taken.
Let’s face it, Hollywood knew Weinstein was a pervert for a long, long time. For people like uber producer Jeff Katzenberg to tell the Wall Street Journal that Weinstein “masked that behavior” so Katzenberg never saw that side of him is disingenuous at best.
Only after three minutes of speaking about Weinstein on this WSJ.com clip did Katzenberg say “Harvey was a monster”. This follows others on the left who have come out — initially — not only to support but to try to explain the behavior.
Woody Allen, Donna Karan and Oliver Stone all tried to come up with hack-knee excuses in defense of the movie mogul only to be shouted down rightly.
However, this dialog is only occurring because we have a Hollywood producer being charged by actresses with this crime. America would not be so enthralled if there were not bold-faced names in the story.
When I asked on Monday, where are the “pussy hats” marching in the streets on this issue, I said the organizers last January were protesting politics, not harassment. All these left-leaning women’s organizations should be using the Weinstein news to further the cause and get the news out that this is a problem affecting all women not just Hollywood actresses.
But these organizations can’t organize protests, so they issue a statement released to the press saying more change is needed. Because their funding and allegiance is to the Democratic Party and Harvey Weinstein was a big contributor.
The National Organization for Women needs to do more than applaud the actions of others as this statement, which read in part, from its President Toni Van Pelt on Weinstein being thrown out of the movie guild.
“The Motion Picture Academy made a good start today. But the hard work of changing the culture and holding abusers accountable for their crimes is just beginning.”
That’s why I want to see this become much, much bigger than Harvey Weinstein. To further the broader opinion that sexual harassment and rape happen everyday, everywhere and that it is not acceptable and it needs more than a hash tag.