In another example of the left’s overwhelming respect for women, Harvey Weinstein’s recent scandal is being all but ignored by the Hollywood elite.
When the news broke about the film producer’s misdeeds with women in the entertainment industry, the left quickly mobilized to keep their collective mouths shut. As the nation looked to the left to express their outrage, they were met with…crickets.
Last week, The New York Times published a piece detailing the fact that film producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing females for decades. They also indicated that he paid settlements to women who threatened to expose him
“During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.”
Apparently, Weinstein’s behavior is an open secret in Hollywood. Many have alleged that the women he harassed were afraid to come forward because of Weinstein’s prominent position in the industry. Now that his secret is out, the left has given a muted response — almost entirely silent.
After avoiding the issue for almost an entire week, late night talk show hosts finally decided to take on Weinstein in their opening monologues. Jimmy Kimmel — who became the nation’s “moral compass” by crying about health care and gun control — approached the scandal by not focusing on the real issue. Instead, he used it rehash his silly back-and-forth with Donald Trump Jr. After telling his story, he made a small quip about the big fat man who sexually harassed numerous females in the industry.
Stephen Colbert actually went after Weinstein with both barrels. He launched into a rant mocking the film mogul’s “vegetative masturbatory practices” and his other antics. But, as with any leftist media personality, he could resist the temptation to turn a joke about a portly serial sexual harasser into an attack on the president. Predictably, he brought up the Access Hollywood video that we’re all so tired of hearing about.
All in all, the late-night talk shows leveraged the Weinstein scandal to focus on what’s most vital to their narrative: slamming Trump.
Surprisingly, Hollywood leftist elites have not had much to say about the scandal. Very few actors have spoken out against the disgraced film producer.
To her credit, Lena Dunham tweeted her support for the people Weinstein is alleged to have harassed. Unfortunately, most of our beloved film stars have followed Kimmel’s example and have resorted to hiding in garbage bins across the city.
Filmmaker Michael Moore — who has worked with Weinstein on a number of his films — was cornered by a member of the press who asked him what he thought about the allegations. “Um, well it’s not that bad, is it?” He whimpered. “I don’t see why I have to talk about this — it’s not like the guy was caught wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, right?”
It seems the only leftist entity that isn’t ignoring the Weinstein story is the establishment media. Our friends in the Fourth Estate are doing what they excel at: using the story to attack President Trump. After all, what’s a leftist scandal without a healthy dose of whataboutism?
Vox published a story entitled, “What Trump’s Access Hollywood tape reveals about Harvey Weinstein and men in power.” In the piece, the author uses Trump’s misdeeds to distract from Weinstein. “Believe me, without Donald Trump, there is no Harvey Weinstein,” she writes. “It’s all the president’s fault. So, let’s stop talking about this film producer guy and go back to what’s important: bashing Trump.”
Slate put out a piece entitled “Republican Party Discovers It’s Against Sexual Harassment if the Person Accused of it Isn’t Donald Trump.” The author tries to deflect from Weinstein’s allegations by bringing up Republican support for Trump. “Well, remember when Donald Trump said all that nasty stuff about women? And what about Roger Ailes?” he whines. “Conservatives can’t say anything about Weinstein because none of them criticized Trump, so there.”
Slate and Vox are right. Conservatives can’t attack Weinstein for his disgusting behavior because none of them criticized Trump for his comments on the Access Hollywood video.
The few conservatives who were willing to stand up and condemn Trump’s remarks were Sen. John McCain, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Mike Lee, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Sen. Mark Kirk, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Rep. Martha Roby, Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Oh wait, I forgot one — First Lady Melania Trump, “The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know.” The first lady also mentioned that her husband would be sleeping on the couch for the next couple weeks. Other than that, all was quiet on the Republican front.
In the end, the Weinstein scandal will fade into obscurity, and other leftists who commit these sins will be defended by their colleagues. Let’s face it; we shouldn’t expect the left to condemn one of their own, right? After all, it is the Hollywood elite who truly respect women, not those misogynistic yahoos that call themselves conservatives.
A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff's insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.