Harvey Weinstein has single-handedly exposed both the sexism and hypocrisy in Hollywood, as his sex harassment scandal has engulfed countless celebrities and even Democratic leaders whom he supported.
The hypocrisy in particular is evident in a picture tweeted out by Jodi Kantor, the New York Times investigative journalist that exposed Weinstein’s transgressions. It features Weinstein participating in the Sundance Women’s March in Utah that protested the inauguration of Donald Trump.
The Sundance Women’s March was organized by Chelsea Handler, who has been a vocal and obscene critic of President Trump. Some may argue that Handler cannot be criticized for allowing Weinstein to participate, as the allegations had not yet surfaced. That argument, doesn’t hold water for many, who point out that Handler herself has often talked about the sexual harassment she faced in Hollywood. She likely knew of the allegations, and, like the rest of the industry, looked the other way. His actions were an open secret in the industry. Actress Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s accusers, made that clear when she tweeted out “They All Knew.”
Here is the picture.
Back in January, thousands of women gathered in major cities to express their anger toward newly sworn-in President Donald Trump. Among their many complaints was that Trump had been accused of sexual impropriety, and that the nation had elected a man who once referred to “grabbing” women “by the pussy.”
They even had special pink “Pussy Hats” made up for the occasion to show solidarity with women who’d been mistreated by a man in power.
But in Utah, at the Sundance Film Festival, at a march organized by comedian Chelsea Handler, Harvey Weinstein also mixed in with the sea of pink knit hats, showing his own solidarity with women who, ostensibly, felt shamed and marginalized by predatory men in power.
Since the allegations about Weinstein surfaced, Chelsea Handler has tweeted about Donald Trump over a dozen times. She has not mentioned Weinstein once, in any context.
The silence speaks volumes.
Here is the tweet.
Harvey Weinstein at the January 2017 Women's March in Park City, Utah. pic.twitter.com/WdVmlZjWA6
— jodikantor (@jodikantor) October 6, 2017
Kantor is not done with Hollywood, apparently. She has reported that she plans additional stories on the sexual harassment rampant in the entertainment industry.