9th of November, 2017
Today, surprisingly, not about a new show or women in tv. Actually, it’s gonna be about women in movie industry and the scandal with Harvey Weinstein that led to another scandals and acussations. I’m writing about it, because it’s important for the movie and television industry as well as for women, not only in show business.
One of the first actresses that came out with accusation was Rose McGowan, the actress known from “Grindhouse: Planet Terror” by Rodriguez, “Charmed” and first Wes Craven’s “Scream”. She also spoke out about Ben Affleck’s words that defended Weinstein. “I have been silenced for 20 years,” she told as I read in “New York Times”. “I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you.” Along with McGowan, more and more movie stars decided to stop hiding and admit to the horrible, sexual harrasment of Mr. Weinstein. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and many many others accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. The amount of accusations was so huge that Weinstein’s wife decided to leave him.
All the reports somehow signaled Hollywood which led to “#metoo” action started by actress and activist Alyssa Milano who speaks loudly about politic stuff on her private Twitter.
Little did she know… Milano had no idea she would start a wave of women committing that they were abused, sexually as well as mentally. Suddenly it wasn’t only one woman. It was thousands, millions of them – actresses, singers, writers, ordinary women, women who we see everyday.
Milano showed the huge flaw that Hollywood has. Many actresses claimed that they told someone in the past. But managers told them to be quiet. This time Hollywood decided to change.
Unfortunately, “famous abuse”, how I want to call it, didn’t touch only women. Just little after Weinstein scandal, Anthony Rapp, the actor, accused “House of Cards” Kevin Spacey of sexual harrasment. Rapp claimed that Spacey acted inappropriate towards him when he was 14 years old. In response, Kevin Spacey blamed “drunken behaviour” and right after deflected the accusation by coming out as a gay man.
His response got loud just to hit him right away. People didn’t like his response. They accused him of deflecting and hiding behind his own sexuality. Which was true.
All those situations from the past month left people whit questions. One that is mostly asked is “why didn’t they talk earlier? Why now? They just want them to talk about them.” When I hear this, I want to scream. Why? Because people don’t know how it’s like. People don’t know the movie business and the fact that actresses and actors are only puppets. Besides, everybody is their own person. Everybody has different feelings and the strength. So before someone says that again, think. Please.
I hope the whole situation with Weinstein and Spacey show not only Hollywood but also worldwide movie industry that sexual abuse is really dangerous and (unfortunately) common thing. We can fight it by speaking out. Everybody. Men and women.