It’s easy to get lost in the bright lights of Hollywood, to become overwhelmed with the ins and outs of the business. When young adults pack their things and go to the city of dreams, sometimes, they end up stuck in nightmares they can’t escape from.
When abuse allegations surfaced, in a big way, against Harvey Weinstein – a conversation was started. It’s sad, and disturbing, that the abuse went on as long as it did.
Since the brave women have shared their truth, others have been inspired – and encouraged – to do the same:
It’s not just women who are coming forward either. In fact, men who have come forward are doing so now because they don’t want this to happen to anyone else, but they also want to remove the stigma from those who have been in their position. From videos posted on social media to Tweets explaining their own harassment, celebrities from every background are finally talking about the terrible sense of entitlement that drives some power players in the business.
Angeline Jolie mentioned her own run-in with Harvey Weinstein when she was young. Afterwards, she vowed to never work with him again and to warn others, too.
I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.
Gwyneth Paltrow also said she was harassed by Weinstein when she was younger and spoke up about how this absolute must stop happening.
We’re at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over. This way of treating women ends now.
Asia Argento spoke out, in honesty and vulnerability, about being assaulted at the hands of Harvey in the past.
Just his body, his presence, his face, bring me back to the little girl that I was when I was twenty-one. When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak… After the rape, he won.
In addition to victims, there are messages of support for those who have been harassed as well as messages to Harvey and men like him that show disgust. He isn’t the first, and unfortunately won’t be the last, to take advantage just because he felt like he could.
Meryl Streep made a lengthy statement about the behavior that is terribly familiar, but also said that the brave voices will be the change in these circumstances.
The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.
Kate Winslett championed the strong women for coming forward after living with such trauma for so long.
The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well-regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear. The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace.
Leonardo DiCaprio also had something to say about women being abused in the workplace and how it’s not right no matter who you are or what you do for a living.
There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault — no matter who you are and no matter what profession. I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard.
Glenn Close admitted that she did hear vague rumors about Harvey in the past but now, after so many have come forward openly, she feels very angry and sad.
I’m sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women. Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad.
Mark Ruffalo Tweeted that he hopes we’re finally seeing the end of the assault and abuse.
To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.
Perhaps one of the most strong statements of support came from James Gunn. Not only did he call out Weinstein and men like him, he called for the enabling to stop. He had choice words for those who knew about the abuse and said nothing.
If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f—ing riddance. That s—’s gotta stop and f— you to anyone who knew about it and let him get away with it. The enabling also needs to end.
In every aspect, in every career, regardless of sex or circumstance, sexual abuse changes the life of the victim forever, and if it takes something like this to get the conversation started and to open the doors, so be it. Those in positions of power must not manipulate that power, and those who have a dream shouldn’t feel obligated to obtain it with anything other than their talent.
‘…but I knew him’