As today has gone on, I keep seeing that more and more women are speaking up about their encounters with Harvey Weinstein. Here is a list of actresses and other women he has sexually harassed so far: Tomi-Ann Roberts, Laura Madden, Rosanna Arquette, Katherine Kendall, Liza Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Judith Godrèche, Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Angelina Jolie, Zelda Perkins, Romola Garai, Dawn Dunning, Lucia Stoller, Lauren Sivan, Louisette Geiss, Emma de Caunes, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevigne, Emily Nestor, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, and Lauren O’Connor. That is a total of 24 women that we KNOW of and these incidents of harassment have been going on now for about 33 YEARS. This is simply unacceptable.
Male actors have also spoken out condemning Weinstein’s actions such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (Weinstein gave them their big break). It should be noted that Ben Affleck failed to comment on his brother’s, Casey Affleck, alleged sexual harassment of women. Rose McGowan fired back on Ben Affleck saying that once she informed him of Weinstein’s harassment, he said, “Goddamnit! I told him to stop doing that!” meaning that Affleck was well aware of Weinstein’s predatory behavior before it was made public. In his statement, Matt Damon said, “But, now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night.” Okay people, can we stop using the “as a husband/as a father of daughters” line please? You are insinuating that only as a husband or father that you care about this type of sexual behavior. That you only care about those close to you receiving these unwanted advances, not women in general, which is A PROBLEM!
If you want to help, believe women! Ask other women if they have experienced or witnessed suspicious behavior by the accuser. Report the behavior, people like this do not need to be in power, so we must do everything we can to take them out of it. We need to band together, find witnesses, and take this to the top in order to stop this.
I find it sad that these accusations and the firing of Harvey Weinstein has only come the light recently, when this behavior has been going on for over 30 years. I’m also sad to see that a bunch of people haven’t condemned Weinstein’s behavior. I will quote Jessica Chastain’s tweet, “Yes. I’m sick of the media demanding that only women speak up. What about the men? Perhaps many are afraid to look at their own behavior….”
I can only hope from here that more sexual predators in the film industry, and in general, are caught, condemned, and kicked out. I also hope that the industry will change and be more inclusive, and that women will have the ability to feel safe not only in Hollywood, but everywhere.
(Credit to slate.com who provided the list of women and dates of Weinstein’s harassment)