Harvey Weinstein’s years-long covert campaign to eventually become the Most Reviled Man in America has just about come to fruition. You can tell you’ve made it to the Creep Hall Of Fame when other famed creeps are expressing their condolences.
In an interview with the BBC, Woody Allen, the physical embodiment of everything not to do if you’re a parent, spoke on how “sad” the Weinstein mess is for everybody involved. Woody’s empathy extends to the man who more and more women are coming forward with truly heinous stories about – disgraced movie exec Harvey Weinstein. Rose McGowan, you have our permission to orb (that’s a Charmed reference) over to Woody’s place and emphatically kick him in the balls.
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved. Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that is life is so messed up.
Woody, who has been accused by his adopted daughter Dylan of sexually molesting her as a child, should know about this sort of “sad” situation. He’s probably also experiencing a “whew, I dodged that bullet somehow” moment. Which is why he’s paying disingenuous lip service to Harvey’s alleged victims.
“There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”
But Woody continued on to demonstrate that he doesn’t quite get it. He sort of employed Harvey’s “born of a different era“ bullshit excuse.
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either.”
You might want to keep your winks to yourself, Wood. Woody’s estranged son Ronan Farrow is one of the journalists who investigated Weinstein, so Dad better watch his ass. Or Soon-Yi could be visiting his nebbishy ass in the pokey!
In other “Harvey Weinstein’s Downfall” news, the Academy has kicked his “well-dressed skin tag” (credit to last night’s SNL) ass to the curb. The Hollywood Reporter informs us that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have declared Weinstein as “someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues” and stripped him of his lifetime membership. The Academy’s board (which includes Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks) made sure to cover their asses and noted that this move was also about a stand against sexual harassment. This was probably some CYA in anticipation of questions like “um, wasn’t there literally hundreds of stories and rumors for literally two decades about this heinous creature?”
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.”
Meanwhile, Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby are still members…
THR also had an interview with Harvey’s brother Bob Weinstein. Bob, who is rumored to have been behind the outing of Harvey as an alleged sexual predator, referred to his brother as “indefensible and crazy,” and says that he wants Harvey to “get the justice that he deserves.”
Bob, who describes the situation as a “waking nightmare” for him and his family, claims that he knew Harvey was a lech but didn’t realize he was “the type of predator that he was.”
The members of the board, including myself, did not know the extent of my brother’s actions. I know him on a personal level better than anyone. It’s hard to describe how I feel that he took out the emptiness inside of him in so many sick and depraved ways. It’s a sickness but not a sickness that is excusable. It’s a sickness that’s inexcusable. And I, as a brother, understood and was aware as a family member, that my brother needed help and that something was wrong.
Bob is reportedly trying to salvage his and Harvey’s company, despite four members of the board of directors already having exited. There’s speculation that he’ll have The Weinstein Company’s name changed. Good idea, Bob.