This just keeps getting more ridiculous. First, the New York Times publishes a piece reporting that movie producer Harvey Weinstein had reached eight settlements over three decades of alleged sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.
Then we learned that Weinstein’s defenders included lawyer Lisa Bloom, former special counsel to Bill Clinton Lanny Davis, and former Obama White House communications director Anita Dunn, while Weinstein lashed out against the NRA (!) in a personal statement.
We should now be at the point where intrepid journalists track down Democrat politicians and ask if they’ll return their donations from Hollywood, and where those celebrities distance themselves from Weinstein with blistering statements of their own.
Instead, we seem to be getting a big yawn from people who knew all of this all along but … didn’t care? CNN’s Jake Tapper shares this:
Hollywood producer I know: "Shocked it’s taken so long for a Harvey Weinstein behavior expose. One of the most open secrets in Hollywood."
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 5, 2017
He's shocked it's taken so long, he says anonymously https://t.co/ByV1O2XM0d
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 5, 2017
"Can't believe it took so long!" says producer who clearly has kept his mouth shut for years. https://t.co/dySrwgMkBr
— Keith Maniac (@CutItOutPutin) October 5, 2017
— Cortney O'Brien (@obrienc2) October 5, 2017
Did you ask the Hollywood producer you know how they could watch Weinstein pretend to be a feminist hero knowing it was a lie? https://t.co/PavyQtQqAP
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 5, 2017
And yet all of the cowards in Hollywood kept their mouths shut https://t.co/EHtCLXOPkr
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 5, 2017
What stopped the fine people of Hollywood from exposing it then? https://t.co/InRUSCKjDp
— Azathoth (@ArkhamRealty) October 5, 2017
Person who never bothered to speak up shocked that no one ever spoke up. https://t.co/WQdITMDlfx
— Heather Kelly 🦁 (@heatherkelly) October 5, 2017
Weird. All these blue checks are saying they heard stories about Weinstein for years. How brave of you guys to speak up now.
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) October 5, 2017
And yet he still enjoyed full power with virtually no professional blowback with allllll those people knowing. Curious, that. https://t.co/rW02dggDfP
— lisa shininger 👻 (@ohseafarer) October 5, 2017
And Hollywood just whistled past the graveyard for untold years allowing it to continue. https://t.co/dUnQ8BGmmT
— Sara (@politigal_) October 5, 2017
I legitimately don't understand how someone can witness this happening for years, never say anything, then complain no one said anything. https://t.co/NFDSaFXLP7
— CJ (@CJConray) October 5, 2017
Its almost like the hollywood elite don't care about sexual abuse. https://t.co/eqGk2gL5Kw
— Anthony (@Anthony51209) October 5, 2017
Someone really should have told Hillary, Obama, etc. https://t.co/1NgiH1Mlsh
— Jason Zengerle (@zengerle) October 5, 2017
Why should they have to tell high-rollers like Hillary and Obama if was such an open secret?
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 5, 2017
Everyone has talked about it over the years. Challenge is…if you can't get a victim to confirm to reporter…there is no story. https://t.co/wghJIcXjLl
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 5, 2017
Ah … that explains this tweet from Variety’s co-editor-in-chief.
Bravo to the NYT reporters for publishing the story we all tried to get for decades https://t.co/O5E0pPiAtP
— Claudia Eller (@Variety_Claudia) October 5, 2017
So we should assume everyone at Variety knew about it too, but because no one they talked to would go on record … they just had to pretend it wasn’t happening? We’re kind of stuck here: we’re used to taking all our moral lessons from Hollywood, but this one is tough to comprehend.
Wait, the "Variety Co-Editor-In-Chief" says they couldn't get this story out for decades?? Why?? Are you admitting your complicit?? https://t.co/nDdQ1wSY6y
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) October 5, 2017
This was known/suspected for decades? https://t.co/MpinAQ79Ii
— Joel Engel (@joelengel) October 5, 2017
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) October 5, 2017
In other words, it was a decades-long open secret in Hollywood the dude was a predatory creep. In-fucking-furiating. https://t.co/DdCTVNrlgx
— Avuncular (@Avuncular) October 5, 2017
so revealing. geez the whole enterprise including the media is corrupt. THEY ALL KNEW!! https://t.co/nDdQ1wSY6y
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) October 5, 2017
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WHAT THE HELL? Harvey Weinstein's response to allegations must be seen to be believed https://t.co/4a9TCoiY97
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 5, 2017