Feminism

The big problem in the Weinstein case and the harassment are the ones that shut up for more than 20 years

Harvey Weinstein, one of the producers more powerful of the film industry, has been accused by more than 30 women, among them renowned actresses like Angelina Jolie or Gwyneth Paltrow, of sexual abuse. This is a case that has shocked Hollywood, but in reality this abuse of power was known in the industry: everyone knew "how Harvey was."

It is difficult to know where to start indigning ourselves in the Weinstein case: yes, because of the fact that one of the most powerful magnates in the industry has behaved as a real sexual predator with his collaborators, his assistants or the actresses who trusted him in his career and he has managed to silence them all (reaching out-of-court settlements if there was no other option) ... or because of the fact that more and more voices emerge that recognize that they knew what was going on but they had been silent until now.

"Your silence is deafening," Rose McGowan, one of his victims, and the first to openly discuss the case as soon as he was uncovered by an investigation by The New York Times asked Twitter.

She and Ashley Judd are two of the best-known names on a long list of women who suffered harassment from Weinstein, the co-founder of the powerful Miramax and one of the popes of the industry. An almighty man that he had no problem using that power to abuse others. But he is not the only one to blame. Now we are beginning to have the impression that not only his entire environment knew what was happening. I was vox populi in the industry. So much, that even in series like 30 Rock jokes were made on the subject.

30 Rock in 2012 had already talked about Harvey Weinstein @disparamargot pic.twitter.com/FM6u4cSLcj

- Humbs (@humbs_vivi) October 12, 2017

Everyone was silent, despite the fact that there are more and more voices that, through interviews and social networks, confess that something they had heard, that they had been warned or, worse, that this case is not surprising, as the other recognized Emma Thompson day because it's day to day of an industry where everything goes.

No never met him, only talked on the phone. However I was told to never be alone in a room with him. Glad people are finally speaking out //t.co/9fFfgHKkup

- Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) October 11, 2017

I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an enviornment for it to happen again.

- Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 9, 2017

Emma Thompson tells us the Harvey Weinstein allegations are just the tip of the iceberg of a wider and systemic problem in Hollywood pic.twitter.com/VDxswrUP5Z

- BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 12, 2017

Was a secret on the heels of a book or fear to face one of the titans of the industry and get hurt in the crash. The worst of this matter is not in itself the fact that an entire industry knew about this scandal and silenced it for years. The worst part is that in cases similar to this, the victims they had to choose between denouncing film directors, famous television presenters and all kinds of authorities in the industry or continuing to work and advance in their profession.

How many Harvey Weinstein will be on television and cinema in the United States ... and in Mexico?

- León Krauze (@LeonKrauze) October 11, 2017

Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette or the already named Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan are the best-known faces on a list of more than twenty women who have made their stories public.

In the case of the first two they were victims of an unwanted approach by Weinstein at the beginning of their careers and, as Gwyneth Paltrow confesses, he was only able to tell him about his then boyfriend, Brad Pitt, and remain silent: “He was one girl, had already signed the contract, was petrified. ”Ashley Judd or Rosanna Arquette confess to having had problems to stop the advances to the producer and feel fear for their careers. And in the last hours we have known that Weinstein tried to abuse Lea Seydoux (through a letter written by herself for The Guardian) and that she tried to make Cara Delevingne make a trio with him.

Yesterday Penelope Cruz was the last to join the list of Hollywood stars who have rejected the behavior of the producer. We are talking about Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet or Julia Roberts, who has offered to help the producer's victims with financial resources.

Huge respect for @AshleyJudd and all the women who broke their silence for the article on Harvey Weinstein. Brave

- Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) October 7, 2017

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- Tippi Hedren (@Tippi_Hedren) October 11, 2017

Why didn't they report before? the media wonders. Why did nobody do anything? It is impossible to put themselves in the shoes of these women, in a position of inferiority with respect to the large producer and isolated by the rest of the industry. If something is clear in this whole matter, we congratulate all men for denouncing or even being indignant for this fact, but we criticize women for not having denounced it until now. Turning them into duplicate victims.

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Video: George Clooney, Matt Damon respond to Weinstein allegations (February 2020).

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