Good Will Hunting
Shakespeare in Love
The English Patient
Silver Linings Playbook
Gangs of New York
These are but a few of the films that have one thing in common.
These, and many more, have one name in common.
That name - Harvey Weinstein.
I love movies, y’all. I really do. Even though I’m a published novelist, I consider myself a screenwriter first. And one of my dream meetings was that with Harvey Weinstein.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his political activism. He has hosted fundraisers for Democratic politicians including for Hilary Clinton’s ill-fated presidential run as well as having Malia Obama serve as an intern this past summer.
On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published a piece alleging that Weinstein has been covering up sexual assault and misconduct for decades. Women ranging from entry-level employees to well-known actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were named in the piece.
Harvey has since been fired from his position with the Weinstein Company.
Weinstein is well known for having a volatile temper and has been prone to outbursts of rage and anger.
Those are the facts. And here’s my opinion.
I don’t give a damn who you are, there are things you just don’t do. There are things that a King doesn’t do.
You don’t physically abuse animals, women, children, or the elderly.
And you don’t use sexual favors to exert your power. Period!
Harvey Weinstein is a powerful man. And he wielded that power to control these women. There’s no doubt this is a power trip.
When it comes to allegations and crimes committed by powerful men, I can separate the crime from the talent.
Jerry Sandusky was a helluva football coach. There’s no denying that. But he’s also a serial pedophile and is behind bars where he belongs.
Bill Cosby is considered by many to be one of the finest stand-up comedians of all time. He also created and starred in one of the best sitcoms of all time. But 50+ years of allegations against him add up.
As a filmmaker, Woody Allen is a hero to me. Few have weaved personal stories with such heart. But the man is a creep who married his step daughter.
Men wield their power - especially over women - in a way that disturbs me greatly.
Men who do that aren’t kings. They aren’t even princes. They’re peasants.
Harvey Weinstein has been a producer for some of my favorite films of all time. And I will continue to watch these movies.
But don’t you dare put me in a room with him.
He’s a genius in his work. But simply put, he’s a bad guy.
And he deserves his day in court. But I can’t help but think that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
And there’s a hell of a lot of smoke.