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Motion Picture Academy Expels Weinstein Due to Sexual Harassment, Rape Allegations

Motion Picture Academy Expels Weinstein Due to Sexual Harassment, Rape Allegations

Now do Roman Polanski.

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to expel movie mogul Harvey Weinstein due to the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Following the meeting, the Academy issued a statement saying the board had voted “to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

The Academy went on to say, “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy member will be expected to exemplify.”

The board of governors, which includes 54 members such as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Whoopi Goldberg, held an emergency meeting on Saturday to vote on fellow member Weinstein.

The Academy’s bylaws explain that “with a two-thirds vote, the board of governors can eject a member ‘for cause.'” This vote exceeded that two-thirds minimum.

About 8,400 people make up the Academy.

However, the Academy still has a few unfortunate souls in it, but Weinstein’s actions may force them to go farther according to The New York Times:

Although largely symbolic, the ouster of Mr. Weinstein from the roughly 8,400-member academy is stunning because the organization is not known to have taken such action before — not when Roman Polanski, a member, pleaded guilty in a sex crime case involving a 13-year-old girl; not when women came forward to accuse Bill Cosby, a member, of sexual assault; and not when Mel Gibson allegedly went on anti-Semitic tirade during a drunk driving arrest in 2006 or pleaded no contest to a charge of battery against an old girlfriend in 2011.

Now, the academy may be forced to contend with other problem members.

Scott Feinberg, the longtime awards columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, said, “This may well be the beginning of a very tough chapter for the academy. The next thing that is going to happen, rightly or wrongly, is that a wide variety of constituencies are going to demand that the academy similarly address other problematic members.”

Mr. Feinberg added that he was speaking of academy members like Mr. Polanski and Stephen Collins, the “7th Heaven” actor who admitted in 2014 that he molested teenage girls in past decades, which resulted in police investigations in New York and Los Angeles but no charges.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) already suspended Weinstein. The Producers Guild of America will meet on Monday to determine Weinstein’s fate with that organization.

The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded with his brother Bob, already fired him.

This all started a few weeks ago when The New York Times published a massive bombshell consisting of allegations from actresses like Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan of sexual harassment against Weinstein. Then more and more spoke out, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. The New Yorker released a report from Ronan Farrow, who worked on it for almost a year, of interviews of women who allege rape and harassment against Weinstein.

Too Late?

Report after report has shown that Weinstein’s behavior was an “open secret” and we all know there are sick perverts in Hollywood. Not listed in the NYT article I quoted above is Woody Allen, who allegedly molested his daughter Dylan Farrow. He also got into a relationship with his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, who he would later marry.

Fact is, people know about this behavior. They knew about Weinstein, Allen, and Polanski. Yet they all salivate to work with them and applaud them at awards shows.

The Hollywood Reporter published an article in May 2016 which had testimonies from actors that found excuses to work with Allen. The main one? These are only allegations. He hasn’t been charged with anything.

But will that now change with Weinstein? From ABC News:

“There is a tectonic shift going on with people having the courage to say, ‘No more,'” said Melissa Silverstein, the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, an influential blog that advocates for gender equality in Hollywood. “The climate about the conversation in gender in Hollywood has clearly shifted in recent years.”

“There’s no going back anymore,” added Silverstein.

But it’s not just about the females. Hollywood has a dark history with child molestation. Back in 2014, the same year that Dylan Farrow aired her allegations against Allen, actor Michael Egan alleged that X-Men director Bryan Singer hosted orgies where men and Singer repeatedly raped him when he was a minor. From TMZ:

The home where the sexually-charged pool parties allegedly occurred was in Encino. It used to be owned by Suge Knight, who sold it Marc Collins-Rector. Suge is not involved in the case, but Egan says Collins-Rector was one of the main perps. Criminal charges were filed against Collins-Rector — he copped a plea to one count of having sex with a minor. Attorney Herman says Collins-Rector has fled the country.

Egan says the men at the party would pour liquor down his throat and then sexually assault him. In one case he says Collins-Rector put a gun in his mouth and threatened him.

Egan says other minors were also abused, and Herman vows to file 3 or 4 more lawsuits against the alleged perps by next Thursday.

Egan went on to say there was a “no swimsuit” rule in the pool, and he was raped numerous times by numerous individuals.

Sources then went to TMZ and confirmed that these type of orgies are common in Hollywood. Author Bret Easton Ellis said he knew all about Singer’s parties with boys and powerful men for years because he dated a man who participated and other gay men told him all about the parties at a dinner party in 2007.

Former child star Corey Feldman has been a powerful voice to bring pedophilia in Hollywood to the forefront. He has not shied away from his unfortunate experiences along with the late Corey Haim. He published a memoir in 2013 that offer graphic details that both of them went through in Hollywood. From New York Daily News:

“Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about ‘Lucas,’ the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself,” Feldman writes. “At some point during the filming, he explained an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all ‘guys do.’

“So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.”

“So …” Haim told Feldman, according to the book, “I guess we should play around like that, too?”

Feldman, still a virgin at that point, told him: “No, that’s not what kids do, man.”

The man who abused Haim on the set of “Lucas,” now “walks around, one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry, still making money hand over fist,” Feldman writes, without naming the big shot.

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nordic_prince | October 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

If Hollywood were serious about cleaning house, there would be no one left. Weinstein is their sacrificial lamb.

They don’t seem to be addressing the “willful ignorance and shameful complicity”, merely implying that the coverups are now officially out of fashion.

You and I are, rightfully, appalled and full of indignation over the behavior of Weinstein that has come to light.
And then we see such sorry creatures as Jane Fonda, and the
“Hildabeast” professing shock and surprise and anguish,
and we shake our heads in disbelief of such hypocrites.

But you know, we’re, almost all of us,a bit complicit in this sorry affair. Sure, to a much lesser degree, sure.
But, there are so many of us, millions and millons.
It is us that provided the financial base for the Hollywood crowd. Where do you think, people sch as Weinstein made their fortune? Movie-tickets that we bought, that’s where. And how did they get so many people to clunk down their money, time and time again, for decades? Would you agree that they sold us sex and violence, more than anything else, and that we responded with enthusiasm?

Same goes for the young women that keep getting violated
by the “Weinsteins”; they must bear some blame, too.
They knew exactly what their value as movie actress determined: they knew that if they lie down with dogs, they will get up with fleas.

An aside: We aint seen nothin yet. Paedophilia, especially the homo-kind, is rampant in H’wood.

Hollywood has always been based upon the worst aspects of humanity. Prostitution, slavery [look at some of the contracts that performers get involved with], theft and personal destruction. People are throwing the term misogyny around. But it not merely a hatred or contempt for women or girls. It is contempt for all performers. Performers, and most other workers in the entertainment industry, are are regarded as commodities. They are cattle, to be used by those with power for their own benefit. Misogyny implies that a person actually cares enough about another person to feel hate or contempt. By the people in power in this industry lack that. They are sociopaths with no empathy at all.

Unfortunately, the “victims” are not all that different from those who prey upon them. And, that is the biggest problem. It is big fish, preying upon smaller fish, preying upon smaller fish, who prey upon smaller fish.

Now, the whole Hollywood reaction to the Harvey Weinstein “expose” is like being trapped in a Russian novel. Harvey gets thrown off the back of the sleigh to appease the wolves. If they are appeased, then the rest of the revelers will continue on to the feast. This will probably be a made-for-tv movie in a few years.

I forget where I was reading it today, but somebody had pointed out that people like Weinstein are a dime a dozen.

When your industry is responsible for the creation of a cliche specifically around giving sexual favors to advance in the industry – the Casting Couch – your industry is corrupt to the core.

Seriously, when was the last time you heard about the Engineer Couch or the Financial Advisor Couch?

Weinstein isn’t a disgusting human being that happens to be in Hollywood. He’s in Hollywood BECAUSE it, more than any other industry, allows him free reign to continue his behavior.

“The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to expel movie mogul Harvey Weinstein due to the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him.”

It took them 30 YEARS! We all know and have heard stories for years bout the depravity of Hollywood but they have the gall to lecture Trump and the nation on ethics! There so many of Weinsteins still in operation that stopping just one will hardly make a dent. Many of these idiots are trying to say that Trump is even worse! I might just never go to another movie again.

So what will the Academy do with the many (perhaps hundreds) of enablers, those who knew and said nothing or worse hid the truth? Kicking Harvey to the curb is merely part of a coordinated attempt by Hollywood and the wider entertainment industry at damage control.

Maybe this is the start of a chain-reaction.

One can hope.

It will take a lot ore than just drumming out Weinstein to restore any reason for patronizing Hollywood products again.

Being a bit callus here but WHO REALLY CARES. Anyone who claims to not know what has been going on in the “entertainment industry” is willfully & woefully ignorant or just plain stupid. It has been going on forever, it is part of the entertainment you already knew that. Weinstein is just the current sacrifice. No quarter shall be given. There are others of course to be held back for later sacrifice to prove that the industry can be cleansed. Of course there are innocents who will never receive justice or be heard. The accusers coming out of the woodwork are part of the entertainment and know it.

We (the collective we) will continue to pour money in to the coffers of the industry one way or another and breathe a sigh of relief that the industry is policing it’s self. The other denizens of the industry will also breathe easy that it was not their turn to be put in the arena of sacrifice. They will continue as before after perhaps a brief pause. There will be more innocents gathered up and used then spit out. Others not so innocent will stand in line for what ever it takes to achieve what they want. They are the don’t ask don’t tells who will years from now be ready to regurgitate truth & lies to proclaim their victimhood. History will repeat as it always does, human nature being what it is.

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