Trending News: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Proves America Still Has A Problem At Work
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The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein proves that workplace harassment is still a huge problem.
As the old saying goes: the bigger they come, the harder they fall. And Harvey Weinstein sure is a big one who fell hard.
The co-founder of Miramax and the Weinstein Company was part of some of Hollywood’s biggest films over the last several decades, but as we’ve been learning this week, behind the scenes of these great films was a toxic place.
Allegations of sexual harassment have been pouring in from a growing number of women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Even the word rape has been used.
Weinstein denies all the accusations, but a shocking report in The New Yorker appears to have caught Weinstein red-handed, with audio of the Hollywood big-wig talking down allegations that he groped Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez’s breasts.
It will be simple for people to dismiss Weinstein as a bad egg, a perverted mind at the top of his trade — but that’s not enough. Time and time again, we see powerful men get away with workplace abuse because people are afraid of losing their jobs. Bill Cosby comes to mind, as does Roger Ailes and the guy that happens to be our president, but there are surely many more who avoid a media frenzy.
And this doesn’t just happen to women. Terry Crews just recounted a story of how he experienced harassment.
This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME. (1/Cont.)
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) October 10, 2017
Regardless of whether it’s a Hollywood studio or the fast food joint down the street, we cannot let men in top positions abuse their power, and abuse women.
And saying: ‘I don’t do it, so it’s not my business’ is not enough. Men need to call it out when they see it and listen to women. Really listen.
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Will they actually convinct the celebrity this time?
Drop This Fact
Weinstein’s wife just left him.