“We don’t need this money. What we need is some damn principles”
The Harvey Weinstein scandal is even making waves in academia now.
The Daily Caller reports:
SURPRISE! Southern Cal Abandons Harvey Weinstein’s $5 Million Gift For Women Filmmakers
The University of Southern California has rejected a $5 million donation from Harvey Weinstein in response to allegations that Weinstein sexually abused scores of women for decades.
The Hollywood movie producer’s generous $5 million donation would have funded — wait for it — an endowment for women filmmakers at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Southern Cal administrators decided to refuse the gift after a USC student, Tiana Lowe, launched a Change.org petition urging the school “to finally muster the moral spine to refuse Harvey Weinstein’s blood money in exchange for its soul.”
“Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood kingmaker and production pioneer, is not only a serial sexual harasser, but an alleged rapist as well,” the damning petition charges.
“We don’t need this money. What we need is some damn principles,” Lowe also wrote.
“I’m done with respectable institutions readmitting monsters into honorable life. USC tells us to take back the night, and they say that ‘it’s on us.’ That’s easy to say when railing against some vague notion of ‘rape culture’ or a dishonest caricature of Greek life. When confronted with Hollywood royalty and a political ally, that’s a lot harder.”
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