Under a cloud of accusations of multiple sexual assaults, one of the biggest players in Hollywood has been fired from the studio he co-founded. The reaction of A-list celebrities says a lot about the culture of Hollywood.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of what is being described as "rampant sexual attacks" over decades – and it was too much for the movie industry to bury. Three days after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous, alleged incidents, Weinstein was fired from the company he named after himself and his brother.
OneNewsNow talked with Movieguide's Ted Baehr, a Christian movie critic and media pundit who has monitored the Hollywood scene for more than 30 years. Weinstein, he says, "was always a difficult guy" and "a force to be reckoned with." He recalls one incident.
"I remember 30 years ago or 25 years ago, a friend of mine walked out of a meeting with him just shaking because he was so disgusting and so vile," he recalls. "And she was just a corn-fed, wonderful, middle-America Christian who had never confronted that before."
For several days, Hollywood was mostly silent about the alleged offenses against the mogul – as was the mainstream media, according to Dan Gainor of Media Research Center.
"The day it happened, NBC didn't cover it. The next day, The Washington Post had not a word about it in print coverage to the point where Sean Spicer, the former [White House] press secretary, criticized the Post," notes Gainor. "The late night comics have been absent, except for John Oliver – and he's got a weekly show."
Weinstein got a pass from "Saturday Night Live" as well, because – as producer Lorne Michaels explained – "It's a New York thing" ... suggesting that because Weinstein is from New York, you just don't hit hard against hometown boys. Gainor points out Donald Trump is also from New York.
"That doesn't stop you from making fun of Donald Trump," he says in response to Michaels' comment. "So basically you're saying they didn't do it because he's one of them."
Slowly Hollywood is speaking out against the sexual harassment Weinstein is being accused of – but according to Gainor, it's too little, too late.