My Take on Harvey Weinstein

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Good Will Hunting

Shakespeare in Love

Pulp Fiction

The English Patient

Rounders

Silver Linings Playbook

Django Unchained

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.