The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
–Edmund Burke, Irish Statesman
Evil continues its triumph in the United States.
Ronan Farrow’s story on Harvey Weinstein is long but worth reading.
Conclusion: If these allegations are true, Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator. Multiple accounts from increasingly more women over the last three decades have painted Weinstein as the human equivalent to a used casting couch. These women tell virtually the same story, and it’s clear his behavior has been known for a long time.
Naturally, Weinstein released a statement. Anyone with a double-digit IQ and a third-grade diploma can see that he takes virtually zero responsibility, throws in a shout out to his mother, and says he’s going to channel his anger (anger at what?) to fight the NRA – no doubt invoking that Forrest Gump scene in which Robin Wright’s boyfriend blames that “lyin’ sonofabith [President Lyndon] Johnson!” for beating her. Speaking of invocation, Weinstein channeled his favorite pantsuit politician and blamed a vast, right-wing conspiracy.
The other part of this horrid story is the years’-long silence of virtually everyone in Hollywood and the Democrat party. Actually, it’s former silence as celebrities and politicians from A-list to “Who?” are coming out of Harvey’s closet, crossing themselves in mock purity, and proclaiming how horrible it is that someone would do such a thing. Some get the vapors and they’re shocked — SHOCKED — I tell you. Some have the guts to say they either knew or suspected.
And then there are those like Mrs. Hillary Clinton and the Obamas who took a few days to craft a short message of disapproval, but refuse to return any of the millions Weinstein bundled for them. Almost every news story, when you can find one, ends with “But Trump” but never “And Clinton.”
I get it: You’re physically trapped in a room with a predator, a big man. You do what you have to do to get out alive, even if that means succumbing to the predator’s advances. However, if you are sexually abused and continue to come back to him because you believe it will help your career, what does that make you? In some circles, it’s called a prostitute. If you’re a man and you know behavior this awful is going on and you say or do nothing to stop it — whether because it will help (or avoid hurting) your career, what does that make you? It’s called a coward and in the case of Hollywood, an evil opportunist. I get mine, but screw the rest of you – especially the vulnerable, right, Matt and Ben? This is why middle America rejects Hollywood and Washington, D.C. Not that bad things don’t happen in flyover country, but this kind of behavior gets only a fraction of the acceptance.
Be clear: Harvey Weinstein isn’t just an intimidating figure in show business. He’s not just a dirty old man. He is an accused, serial rapist. If convicted — should there be a trial — he shouldn’t be allowed to go to therapy at a spa. He should be in prison for the rest of his life.