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The Endless Procession of Stars Saying 'I Would Like to Thank Harvey Weinstein' is the Hardest Thing to Watch

By Petr Navovy | Videos | October 19, 2017 |

By Petr Navovy | Videos | October 19, 2017 |

Since the dam broke on the Harvey Weinstein abuse news, the torrent of harrowing stories from the brave women speaking up about their experiences has been at times almost too much to bear. The mixture of rage, nausea, and powerlessness inherent in finally hearing a near endless series of crimes exposed—crimes which for far too long have been a badly kept secret—has been potent indeed.

And yet this…

This might be one of the toughest things to see so far:

‘Sickening’ doesn’t begin to cover it.

Hollywood is crony capitalism at its cruellest. A vast network of patriarchal exploitation, with Harvey Weinstein sat at the centre of a web of power and influence, dominating atomised and vulnerable women.

Until that power waned. Until his business had less clout, commanded less respect. Then he was no longer bulletproof.

Because make no mistake: Harvey Weinstein is the tip of the iceberg. Hollywood is teeming with his kind. They run it. And the genuflection on display in the video above? We’re still seeing that today, multiplied by a hundred, a thousand. Familiar names and smiling faces, doing unspeakable deeds behind closed doors, and being respected and worshipped on the red carpet, because that’s what it takes for The Business to run.


Petr Knava lives in London and plays music