Today in ‘what’s making Kayleigh’s irony bell shatter under the sheer pressure of life’, we return to the ogre of Tribeca, Mr. Harvey Weinstein. More than 80 women have publicly accused him of sexual harassment or assault, but do you know who the real victim is? Poor doddering old Harvey. That’s right: the man who gaslit generations of women in Hollywood and made the workplace of entertainment so irrevocably toxic that his downfall inspired an entire worldwide movement against sexual misconduct is sad that people aren’t giving him credit for the good work he did in the biz. I hear Harold Shipman was similarly sad about the lack of acclaim he got for his years with the NHS. Next up, Prince Andrew is sad that men’s deodorant companies aren’t crediting him for his years of proud non-sweating in Pizza Express.
In a chat with The New York Post, Weinstein griped that he felt ‘like the forgotten man.’ As if we could ever forget him. He then tried to take credit for elevating women’s voice in film via Miramax and his work as a producer/distributor.
‘I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it! It all got eviscerated because of what happened. My work has been forgotten.’
Ah yes, the work you did to help women in the industry, like allegedly threatening powerless actresses with professional ruin if they didn’t comply with your wishes. Or smearing countless women’s names, like Gwyneth Paltrow, by lying that they were your lovers so you could exert further power over your victims. Or wielding your ability to get prestigious recognition for actresses as your ultimate weapon in keeping them under your thumb. Truly, it was a privilege, Harvey.
I still think we’re a few years away from really being able to look back at Miramax and The Weinstein Company’s back-catalog with the necessary gaze. We need to fully understand how these movies combined with Harvey’s bully campaigning tactics and his abusive actions to shape the independent film sphere in the ’90s and leave an indelible mark on the industry today. You can still see his influence in this business and a whole lot of people like what he left behind. Harvey Weinstein made those films in part to control women and he could control those women because he made films that people liked, that won awards, and occasionally had good parts for women. If only such damage could be forgotten, but it never should be.