Hollywood hypocrites and the Golden Globe lowlights
The 2018 Golden Globes took place tonight, with the “Times Up” theme dominating the evening. Stars who attended the event wore black dresses to signify their “solidarity with victims of sexual assault.” Oh Hollywood, if only you could of done this sooner, maybe most of the real world wouldn’t be shaking their heads in disbelief, but I suppose you won’t see it outside of your bubble. The event was hosted by comedian and late night TV host Seth Myers who made some jokes about disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. One of his lines was “Happy New Year Hollywood! It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t.” This line brought rapturous applause from the clapping seals in the audience. Too bad it took until 2018 to figure this out Hollywood.
Another one of Seth Myers’ lines in his opening monologue was “Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I heard rumours that he’s crazy and difficult to work with, don’t worry, he’ll back in 20 years. He’ll be the first person to ever boo during the In Memoriam.” I bet he will be back in 20 years Seth, maybe like Roman Polanski, the convicted child rapist that was being applauded by people such as Meryl Streep at the 2003 Academy Awards. Speaking of Meryl Streep, she arrived with an activist from the National Domestic Workers Association Ai Jen Poo and described how she wanted to stand in solidarity with others trying to “right the power imbalance that leads to sexual abuse.” Meryl Streep said “We want to fix that and we feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line.” Some of the winners at this years event included British actor Gary Oldman for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. The best motion picture in the Drama category went to Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri and Guillermo del Toro won the Best Director Award for The Shape of Water. But who really cares about that right?
I really hate to sound cynical as I would normally be in support of anything that highlights injustices, but coming from Hollywood I just can’t buy it anymore. The systematic rape and abuse of women and children such as Corey Haim and Corey Feldman has been an open secret in Hollywood for years. In such a tightknit community it is really hard to fathom that the majority of these celebrities that are now virtue signalling with complete abandon didn’t know what was going on. When the stories were exposed it became compulsory for these celebrities to jump on the band wagon of Me Too hashtags and meaningless gestures such as wearing black dresses. If these stories hadn’t have been broken, I wonder what the topic of conversation would have been tonight at the Golden Globes?
Back in 2013 Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane made a joke about Harvey Weinstein that seemed to elude to the fact that the producer was engaged in the behaviour we all now know as public knowledge. He explained this recently when the Harvey Weinstein allegations were broken saying “In 2013, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances. She has since courageously come forward to speak out.” I don’t hold any personal animosity to Seth McFarlane but it shows how long this “secret” about people such as Harvey Weinstein was known by the very same people who have been preaching tolerance and understanding to us mere mortals for years. This joke was made 5-years-ago. I don’t recall the ousting of Harvey Weinstein following this joke. If I was being really cynical I would say that Hollywood is only doing this out of necessity to try to repair the PR nightmare they have been facing.
If I wanted to be an eternal optimist I could maybe say at least they are doing something about it now, and if that transfers into society as a whole, maybe Hollywood might have contributed something. But if you feel the need to run to the nearest sink when you hear people like Meryl Streep grandstanding about the rights of women you are not alone. Tonight’s Golden Globes was the same as any other celebrity event. People with an inflated sense of ego and self worth preaching their particular social justice message, but the hypocrisy of this years particular event I cannot overlook.
Celebrities have been preaching whatever liberal or left-wing cause they advocate for as long as I can remember, whether that be climate change or gun control. But this particular cause is something that many of the Hollywood glitterati have been proven to be in open contravention of. Women and children were being abused and raped by Hollywood’s most powerful for years while many of their co-stars sat back and did nothing more than aim a jibe in the direction of a perpetrator or give a speech endorsing feminism.
Many celebrities are not guilty of this enabling, and for those who are innocent this article is in no way directed at you. But to the guilty, and there are many: Society doesn’t need your enlightenment on these issues any longer, we don’t need to be preached to by hypocrites and charlatans about how to treat our fellow man and woman, especially when you who believe to be more enlightened than the rest of us kept your dirty little secrets in the dark for so long. You should not be spending time trying to preach to society about how to fix its many ills, but you should be engaging in some soul searching to try to fix the ills in your own house. If these allegations of wrongdoing had of not come to light, it would still be your sordid little secrets and whispers at cocktail parties which would be kept in the dark from the general public. So the biggest lowlight of tonight’s Golden Globes is reserved for you, the enablers who have not come out and publically apologized for standing by and allowing these crimes to continue. Hollywood, maybe you may never realize this as you live in your plastic fantastic bubble. But the rest of us with half a brain do not buy this phony act of solidarity and can see through the insincerity of tonight’s Golden Globes with crystal clear transparency.
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