The Fashionably Outraged

The ongoing Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal has opened a huge can of worms in the entertainment industry; it seems that the list of women accusing the disgraced Hollywood mogul grows faster than a roller coaster and it includes some well-known “A Listers” such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowen and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name just a few. But what is most important, the reactions to the scandal clearly illustrate the chasm that separates the left’s social justice warriors from the rest of the population.

To judge from the reactions immediately following the allegations, it would seem that no one had ever even suspected the kind of abuse that was going on. Taking into account the number of accusers and the length of time the alleged abuses had been going on within an industry that thrives on rumors and gossip, brings to mind the story of the piano player in the house of ill repute who testified that he only played music but did not know what was going on upstairs. Meryl Streep stated that she did not know about Weinstein’s behavior and there are allegations, vehemently denied, that both Matt Damion and Russell Crowe actively worked to suppress the story.

However, there are cracks on the wall of ignorance surrounding the scandal. Actress Jane Fonda said that she knew and said nothing and she feels “guilty” about it; moreover, at the 2013 Oscar Awards show, host Seth MacFarlane read the names of the five nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category and quipped “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein”.

It seems that the left is very discriminating when it comes to choosing the targets of their indignation. Harvey Weinstein had made large donations to prominent Democratic politicians and had held fund raisers for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Donna Karan, fashion designer, in an interview about Weinsntein said that “women are asking to be sexually harassed by the way they dress” Later she regretted the comment. In a similar vein, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D, Texas) said she was “disappointed in the man who supported many Democrats” but added that women should be mindful how they appear. Later in an interview with NBC 5 “I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s how you were dressed and what your behavior was” Imagine if a Republican had made such a statement; the left would have erupted with righteous rage and indignation.

It took Mrs. Clinton five days to come up with the following statement “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior”. Weinstein was a close Clinton collaborator, neighbor and frequent donor to the Clinton Foundation. Kamala Harris of CA and Charles Schumer of NY distanced themselves from Weinstein and donated to charities the funds he had contributed to their campaigns. When asked if the Clinton Foundation would return Weinstein’s contributions, a spokesperson for the foundation said that the funds have already been spent on charitable works.

In stark contrast, in 1994 Paula Jones filed suit against Bill Clinton accusing the President of sexual harassment and defamation after she went public with her allegations. She sought help from the National Organization for Women (NOW) but they refused to support her. James Carville, Clinton aide and campaign consultant, said “If you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park you never know what you’ll find”

Kathleen Willey, on “60 Minutes” described how Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her in the Oval Office. The feminists of the left did not offer any support. When she contacted NOW, she was told that the time was not right. Gloria Steinem defended Clinton and wrote “Even if the allegations are true, the President is not guilty of sexual harassment. Willey pushed him away, she said, and it never happened again. In other words, President Clinton took ‘No’ for an answer” …Wow!

More damaging of all, in 1999, Juanita Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton of raping her in April 1978 when she was 35 and he Arkansas Attorney General. The alleged rape took place in Little Rock during the Arkansas gubernatorial campaign. Broaddrick said that two weeks after the alleged rape, Hillary Clinton intimidated her. “She came over to me, took hold of my hand and said ‘I’ve been dying to meet you. I just want you to know that Bill and I appreciate what you do for him. Do you understand? Every thing that you do’ I could have passed out at that moment, and I got my hand from hers and left….she held onto my hand and said ‘Do you understand? Everything that you do’ I mean, cold chills went up my spine. That’s the first time I became afraid of that woman”

The left’s social warriors do not seem to be overly concerned or scandalized when the alleged perpetrator is one of their own. In 2003, Meryl Streep gave Roman Polanski a standing ovation when he won the Academy Award for Best Director for his film “The Pianist”. In 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged with raping and sodomizing a then 13 year-old girl, to which he pleaded guilty. He served 42 days in jail on the strength of a plea bargaining deal. When he was told the judge had rejected the plea deal and that he had to serve a lengthy sentence, he fled the country and now resides in France. In the meantime, 4 more women have come forward and accused Polanski of child rape. Said Ms. Streep “I’m sorry that he’s in jail”

Allegations of child molestation against Woody Allen, filed in the wake of an affair between Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter with composer Andre Previn surfaced after Ms. Farrow accused Allen of sexually assaulting her daughter (and Allen’s adopted child), Dylan Farrow when she was 7. Acting Justice Elliot Wilk of the NY State Supreme Court said that “It was unlikely that Mr. Allen could be prosecuted for sexual abuse based on the evidence” The judge added that the evidence was “inconclusive”.

The crowd that tripped over itself in the rush to condemn and excoriate Donald Trump based on a video recording of the then candidate engaging, years ago, in what was described as locker room talk is the same Hollywood crowd that in its supreme arrogance, decided it was all right to not just gloss over, but actually lionize a convicted child rapist who cannot come to the US because if he did he would be arrested. The same Meryl Streep who saw fit to stand on the stage during the Academy Awards and unload on President Trump has not enough praise for Polanski, because he is an “artist”. Kate Winslet publicly defended Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.

On October 15, 2017, in an interview on the UK’s Channel 4 News, Hillary Clinton made the following statement “Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the Presidency, so there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kind of behaviors that need to be addressed”

Impressive words, Madam Secretary but they have the hollow sound of a counterfeit coin because you utterly failed to address the issues that constantly swirl around your husband. Maybe you should remember your own words “When women make allegations of rape, everyone should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence”. Surely Juanita Broaddrick would agree.

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