Remember all those endless think-pieces on ‘cancel culture’ and how us meanie lefties were determined to ruin people’s lives based on seemingly minor indiscretions and how this was utterly destroying the fabric of reality, creating a new wave of censorship? Yeah, f*ck that. F*ck anyone who preaches that nonsense and f*ck this entire society that pretends that calling out systemic bigotry is the real crime, not the people perpetrating it.
Perhaps it was naive of me but I genuinely thought we wouldn’t be so stupid as to allow Harvey Weinstein of all people re-entry into the entertainment business or the social circles where he made his name. I had a sliver of hope in our species that we’d decide to keep the accused serial rapist away from such things. Nope. We can’t even manage that!
Weinstein was seen at a New York event called Actors Hour on Wednesday night, sitting at a table with several young women and his bodyguards. Comedian Kelly Bachman called out his presence in the room, saying, ‘I’m a comic, and it’s our job to name the elephant in the room. It’s a Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will. I didn’t realize I needed to bring my own mace and rape whistle to Actors Hour.’ And she was booed! The f*cking audacity of these people!
Two other women, comedian Amber Rollo and actor Zoe Stuckless, also confronted Weinstein, with the latter saying, ‘Nobody’s going to say anything? Nobody’s really going to say anything?’ Rollo shared the experience on Twitter.
***TW Sexual Assault***— Downright Rude (Amber Rollo) (@ambercrollo) October 24, 2019
Hey everyone. You might have seen my tweet about cursing out Harvey Weinstein last night. As a rape survivor I'm so furious and sad and frustrated.
Here is a thread about what happened.
Weinstein’s publicist Juda Engelmayer gave a statement, saying, ‘Harvey Weinstein was out with friends enjoying the music and trying to find some solace in his life that has been turned upside down. This scene was uncalled for, downright rude and an example of how due process today is being squashed by the public, trying to take it away in the courtroom too.’
Down. Right. Rude.
I mean, sure, getting called Freddy Krueger at an event is a bit tetchy but I would say being an accused serial rapist who spent decades harassing and intimidating possibly thousands of people and creating an irrevocably toxic environment for an entire industry is pretty f*cking rude too.
Alexandra Laliberte, the organizer of Actor’s Hour, told BuzzFeed News it was the second time Weinstein had turned up to one of her events, and that she ‘welcome[d] all walks of life into my space.’ Wooooooooow.
Christ, how much do you have to hate women to think any of this was okay? What was there to be gained from this? And who the hell is inviting this ogre to public events full of young women?! The people calling for ‘civility’ on this issue are complicit little weasels. The very least we can do is make Weinstein uncomfortable every time he steps outside of his giant home. Is it too much to ask that we not allow the lion back into the den?!
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