Harvey Weinstein’s long history of brutality to women had been an open secret in the movie industry. Now sixty women have come forward with accusations ranging from unwanted advances to rape. Hollywood predators like he and Bill Cosby deserve everything they get.
The behavior of Weinstein and others has long been covered up by the entertainment industry, even by women. Whoopi Goldberg was part of a group seeking to have charges dropped against director Roman Polanski. He fled the country after being accused of raping a thirteen year old girl. She claimed it wasn’t “rape rape”.
I do have a couple of concerns. One is just a matter of linguistics. The term sexual assault is used for everything from a slight touch to rape. We need to be more accurate in our language.
Men seeing their careers harmed and potentially destroyed over unproven accusations is much more serious. I believe that most of the women are telling the truth. However, this is the perfect opportunity for someone wanting to settle a grudge or gain some publicity. Sex crimes are the hardest to prove since consent is the key question. Nobody consents to be mugged, burglarized or murdered. Fairness is one of the core beliefs of our society whether it is in the courtroom or the workplace.
We have made great strides in our society over the last sixty years. Airing Hollywood’s dirty little secret is a step in the right direction.