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Hollywood’s political credibility now is so utterly destroyed it glows in the dark

Hollywood’s political credibility now is so utterly destroyed it glows in the dark

The real War on Women was in Hollywood.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has the potential to deal a body blow to the role Hollywood actors, and by extension the entire entertainment industry, plays in our political life.

For decades we have had to listen to moralizing by Hollywood actors denigrating Republicans and particularly conservatives. It is in overdrive in the age of Trump.

And all the while, they knew, they ALL knew about Harvey. They even joked about it publicly:

There are many accounts now coming out, but this one in by French actress Léa Seydoux sums up the film industry, ‘I had to defend myself’: the night Harvey Weinstein jumped on me:

Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything. It’s unbelievable that he’s been able to act like this for decades and still keep his career. That’s only possible because he has a huge amount of power.

In this industry, there are directors who abuse their position. They are very influential, that’s how they can do that. With Harvey, it was physical. With others, its just words. Sometimes, it feels like you have to be very strong to be a woman in the film industry. It’s very common to encounter these kinds of men.

As you listen to Patricia Arquette — whose sister Rosanna was a Weinstein target — make an impassioned speech for women’s rights during the 2015 Oscars, scan the crowd. They knew. They ALL knew.

And they knew not just of Harvey Weinstein’s predations, but that their industry was rotten to the core. Rita Panahi writing in the (Australian) Herald Sun had it right, Toxic Hollywood industry behind elite grandstanding:

HOLLYWOOD’S elite likes to portray themselves as progressive crusaders who are morally superior to the masses that make them rich.

Anyone unfortunate enough to catch the preachy performances at the Oscars and Emmys could attest to the entertainment industry’s Trump-obsessed self-righteousness.

But the reality is that behind the holier-than-thou grandstanding is an industry as toxic as a sewage treatment plant.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has laid bare Hollywood’s ugly underbelly, and it’s much worse than you imagined.

We often say in politics that the cover up is worse than the crime. That’s not true here, the crime was worse, but the cover up by Hollywood is bad enough that it should be the end of Hollywood’s role in politics as anything other than an object of derision.

Hollywood weaponized Democrats’ phony War on Women attacks on Republicans, but the real War on Women was in Hollywood.

To borrow a metaphor from Ted Cruz, Hollywood’s political credibility now is so utterly destroyed it glows in the dark. We need to keep it that way.

[Featured Image: New Yorker audio tape of Harvey Weinstein]


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Paul In Sweden | October 11, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Yes, The HOLLYWOOD’S elite likes to portray themselves as progressive crusaders who are morally superior to the masses that make them rich.

Like, Angelina Jolie who in the past has been described as one of the most powerful women in show business knew all about Harvey and the sexual abuse in Hollywood, but did nothing. Now she is with the United Nations yet another pedestal to be high and mighty. Where the same lack of fortitude can stand with her virtue signaling as she must also certainly know about the abuse of women and children throughout the world often at the hands of United Nations workers and do nothing.

    Hollywood is the world capitol of narcissism, debauchery, pedophilia, and – surprise – democrat politics.

    This bunch knows who they can pay-off to protect their way of low-life.

    Funny how few of us heard of this Hollywood sex scandal involving major gay players:

    “Singer long has been known to have an affinity for a certain t”ype of man. “Bryan’s always had a reputation of being with guys that look young,” says a high-level studio executive who oversaw one of the director’s big comic-book movies. “Whether they were underage or not, I have no idea. [But] for 20 years he’s had young guys around him, whether they’re assistants or friends. However they were described to you, they were always around.”

    “But as several industry observers note, Singer is hardly the only Hollywood figure, gay or straight, with wealth, power and an eye for pretty young things. “Come on — that’s a time-honored tradition in this town,” says a producer long acquainted with Singer. He adds that the allegations are nearly impossible to believe, saying, “I’ve only seen a very gentle side of Bryan.”

    The corrupt pervs of hollywood should have stayed politically neutral. Did they ever blow a good thing. (No pun intended.)

“Thou shalt do-est as I say, not as I might doeth”

So far, the Trump era has been an era of unmasking. Establishment Republicans have been pushed to reveal themselves as the non-conservative, self-worshipping minions of Big Government that we have long suspected they were. The NFL has revealed its contempt for the principles of its fan-base, and by extension, its very fans themselves. And now, Hollywood has been exposed as the largest repository of the very evils it has constantly preached to the rest of us about.
The Hollywood part may not be directly tied to trump, but it certainly fits with the current trend in the world of politics.

These are the people who try to tell us what we should think and whom we should vote for.

Now we know why so many people in Hollywood hate old white guys, Jews and rich people.

    MarkSmith in reply to natdj. | October 11, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Yes, this is so on the mark. The White Man should be pissed at the Hollywood White Male! Just like the average Joe should be pissed at the National Felon L. players and the Gangsta Rappers.

    It is time to take back this country from the thugs and faux people at are clueless to our everyday lives.

LOL, I just posted the same War on Women thing on another site a half hour ago. I’ll go back later and see what our pathetic liberals come up with.
Been a good day with the Trump victory at the SC also. The libs are just crying bigger crocodile tears.

Hey… is everybody forgetting about the women he DIDN’T harass? They must be feeling horrible about themselves. “Why not me, am I not attractive enough?” “I know I am a little overweight but, I don’t look all that bad in a burka.”

Perhaps Hillary could donate some of the relief funds left over from Haiti to a self help group of women who were ovelooked.

    moonmoth in reply to Anchovy. | October 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Those of us who believe in morality and Rule of Law have made a lot of progress in these last several days. Let’s not throw it away by making vile comments.

Time for a PSA by some John and Jane Q. Public people.

Pam: Dear Hollywood progressives
Kim: Dear Hollywood progressives
Sam: Dear Hollywood progressives
Jane: You knew
John: You knew
Bill: You knew
Josh: You knew
Mark: about Harvey
Jill: about Harvey
Tina: about Harvey
Beth: about Harvey ….

Hollywood never had any political credibility. All that it ever had was MONEY. And, it still has that.

Harvey Weinstein is a disgusting man. He engaged in the systematic victimization of women over whose life he had some control. And, Hollywood protected him. ALL of Hollywood protected him. Even most of the actresses who were victimized sold themselves for their own benefit. No criminal charges were ever pursued. No lawsuits were ever filed. “Agreements” and “settlements” were made which benefited the victims as well as they benefited Weinstein and Hollywood. And, Hollywood bought additional protection from liberal, and a few moderate, politicians.

The Weinstein scandal will eventually blow over. When it does, Hollywood will go back to the same culture that it has had since 1900, mutual exploitation. And, no one will care, until the next “scandal” arises. Then the hand-wringing and pearl-clutching will resume. Changes will be promised to be made, again. And, that scandal will evaporate as well. A significant portion of the public knows exactly what Hollywood is like. Just look at the tabloids next to the supermarket cash register. Harvey will no longer be a blip on the radar in a month.

And Hollywood will still be the same.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | October 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    “You never dip your foot in the same river twice”.

    “Hollywood never had any political credibility.”

    Well, like most things you say, that’s simply not true. There was a time when Hollywood was populated by a lot of ladies and gentlemen. And overt patriots. They had a great deal of credibility, and some of them were very brave people during the civil rights struggle (see Heston, Charlton) One of them became a superb president. Sure, they were fallible people in Hollywood, and some of them were really quite bad (see Crosby, Bing). Just like a slice of the American population.

    Harvey Weinstein really is a quite a monster, and he showed some genius in his monstrosity.

    Will he walk away from this? I tend to doubt it, but I am an optimist.

      There are honorable people everywhere, Rags. Even Lucky Luciano was a patriotic American during WWII. Errol Flynn, on the other hand supported Nazi Germany. But, the dominant culture of Hollywood has always been one of ambition and masks. For every Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Sterling Hayden, Fred MacMurrays, etc. there are 20 Charlie Chaplins, Roman Polanskis and Harvey Weinsteins. What they all have in common is ambition. And, most will do almost anything to achieve greatness. The meat and potatoes of Hollywood is the scandal. Hollywood scandals fuel an entire media industry. An enormous amount of money is spent every year spiking stories of scandal among actors and actresses, just as it was 100 years ago. It is not going to change.

      No, Rags, Hollywood is what it has always been. It is a dog-eat-dog world of unbridled ambition where many people will trade whatever they have to succeed. Harvey must be going nuts trying to understand why he is being crucified, by people who have been doing what he did in the tradition of the Hollywood entertainment industry.

      Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | October 16, 2017 at 5:21 am

      I recently read Queer People, first published in 1930. There is nothing new under the Hollywood sun.

    rabidfox in reply to Mac45. | October 12, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I don’t really care what goes on between two consenting adults. It’s the rape and child abuse that I draw the line at.

      Bucky Barkingham in reply to rabidfox. | October 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Do you imply that the actresses who were victimized by Weinstein were “consenting adults”?

        Even for a politically generated rhetorical “question”, that was pretty dumb.

        I read that as adults who consent to mutually agreed upon sexual activity, because nobody consents to rape.
        The flip side of this, any woman who didn’t speak up, whether out of fear or advancement of careeer opportunity, allowed this behavior to continue. One was terrified, one was cold and calculating, and not thinking of the women following her and being subjected to the same brutal behavior of Weinstein, et al.

        Just a horrendous situation, from any angle.

        If they whored themselves out to advance their careers, then yes, they consented.

Hollywood has always been a huge sex scandal. From the early days of Louis B Mayar to Havery Weinstein. There were also some very famous actors and actresses getting caught in sex scandals. One which comes mind right off, is Errol Flynn. He was accused of molesting young girls and women. As per usual the major studios covered this all up, until the next crisis.

As long as we’re outing all these other leftist pervs, let’s not forget the pervs of the theater:

‘Glee’ Star Mark Salling Indicted for Child Pornography:

I must admit, this is more entertaining to me than any movie Hollywood has produced in a long time.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Leslie Eastman. | October 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Say that again, Leslie.

    Pass the popcorn, please…

    TX-rifraph in reply to Leslie Eastman. | October 12, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Perhaps more than entertaining — satisfying. Justice is a rare experience for the left but it is good to see it when it happens even if limited in scope.

    What will also be entertaining is their attempt to rebuild their political influence on their fictitious moral high ground. It is hard to stand tall in a deep swamp.

    Entertaining because of how two-faced they are about “female empowerment” etc. but not so entertaining formthe women who were too scared to say anything. The ones who have come out this past week, the ones who climbed to fame….they did it with their eyes wide open.

theduchessofkitty | October 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

“But the reality is that behind the holier-than-thou grandstanding is an industry as toxic as a sewage treatment plant.”

Sewage treatment plants bring out a cleaner product, at least.

Because of the people, deplorables, who voted TRump in we have now exposed the treachery in DC against our own people and our laws. We have shown what a dictator obama was and the many many laws he and his people broke. Now we are moving on the corrupt NFL and Hollywood is coming up next. We deplorables have shown the world that we have been told what to do and believe long enough by corrupt pols, actors and sports people. If we can hold it together we may actually get our country bacK!

Don’t believe for a second this is over. There are dozens of perverts out there right now, and nobody is speaking up about them. They’re all hoping the revelations will end with Harvey.

Which is worse? – Harvey Weinstein sexually harrassing women, or Dennis Rodman’s passionate support for genocidal maniac Kim Jun Un?

Whyt did Rodman get a pass?

North Korea: Kim Il-Sung’s Birthday No Celebration for Women:

Too many people look up to the wrong people and take direction from them. The whole entertainment industry has people who, when they are good, make their living, a very lucrative living, by pretending to be something they are not. Then they vote each other awards for phony actions and praise each other for the same phony work.

Parents, don’t raise you children to make actors/actresses their heroes.

    herm2416 in reply to Romey. | October 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

    People who read other people’s words for a living are hardly heroes. I’ve never understood why H-wood thinks we care what they think.. Hollyweirdos are legends in their own minds.

Bucky Barkingham | October 12, 2017 at 7:49 am

They didn’t all know. Streep and Hilary were shocked, shocked, when they found out.

Hollywood has always been a cesspit and most of them totally out of touch with their customers. Everyone knew this, but they all pretended otherwise. Hollywood is a pretend world, but maybe they’ll no longer be able to pretend about this. I’d like to see Hollywood go off in the same direction as the NFL: down.

Apparently ALL MEN ARE COMPLICIT in allowing the Weinstein-wankfest of the last 20 years. Au contraire. Time to cry “Bullshit!” and let slip the dogs of truth.