Another male working badly in Hollywood — this time, Harvey Weinstein. What a shocker

There are so many things about a Harvey Weinstein passionate nuisance revelations that are pathetic and informed that we frequency know where to start.


But let me try.

Weinstein is a 65-year-old married film noble who has been indicted of intimately badgering women who work for him or have wanted to work for him over a duration of scarcely 3 decades. He is a male who can make and mangle careers, whose energy has infrequently seemed infinite, whose rage is volcanic, and whose apt hold with stories and selling has resulted in countless Oscars.

In a blockbuster New York Times story published Thursday, reporters Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey interviewed Weinstein employees and actresses who pronounced a writer invited them into his plush hotel bedrooms on a stratagem of deliberating work, afterwards would ask for exposed massages, make neglected earthy advances or ask that they watch him shower.

Weinstein Co. — that women would double adult for insurance when they had to go see him, according to a New York Times. It was also, if Twitter is to be believed, an open tip in Hollywood.

Some of his staff, it was reported, were compulsory to attend in “turndown duty” for him during bedtime or to assistance get him adult in a morning. Weinstein has denied a accusations and told the New York Post that a New York Times is intent in a fight opposite him.

I have always argued that power, quite a Hollywood strain, infantilizes. Success in Hollywood frequently reduces entirely grown adults to narcissistic babies.

Babies have no self-control. They roar and cry when they get mad. Their needs are uninhibited. Gratification contingency be instant. Weinstein might be a gifted moviemaker. But he is also usually another disproportionate Hollywood man-baby.

Weinstein’s function is also an glorious instance of a pomposity that is so prevalent in Hollywood — and politics, for that matter.

He is a magnanimous Democrat who publicly champions women’s rights and veteran enrichment though demeans and exploits them in private. (And yes, we do embody Bill Clinton on that list.) The regressive homogeneous is a anti-abortion crusader who secretly urges his mistress to cancel an untimely pregnancy or a “devout” Christian who ditches his ill wife to marry his mistress.

Say what we will about worried harassers such as Bill O’Reilly and a late Roger Ailes, both of whom fell from lofty perches during Fox News after revelations about passionate harassment: At slightest their victims got estimable sums for their suffering.

The notoriously stingy Weinstein apparently even pinched pennies when he was coughing adult money to make his problems go away. The New York Times documented during slightest 8 nuisance settlements opposite Weinstein, with insignificant reported payouts of between $80,000 and $150,000 dark behind nondisclosure agreements.

That’s depressing, too.

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After a story pennyless Thursday, Weinstein’s counsel threatened to sue a New York Times for defamation. And nonetheless Weinstein himself released an apology for a “pain” he has caused.

“I came of age in a ’60s and ’70s,” he began, “when all a manners about function and workplaces were different. That was a enlightenment then. we have given schooled it is not an excuse.”

Well, we was sentient in a ’70s, and we don’t remember it being OK to frame exposed in front of womanlike employees and ask for massages. Even if it was a common use in Hollywood when he was immature and comparatively powerless, blaming a enlightenment is as treasonable as explaining divided injustice as a generational artifact.

I called David Wexler, a San Diego clergyman who wrote “When Good Men Behave Badly,” and we was kind of astounded when he told me that he suspicion Weinstein has a indicate there.

“As prolonged as he’s peaceful to commend that this isn’t a usually cause that contributed to a settlement of behavior,” pronounced Wexler, who is some-more forgiving than I. “I consider there is some value in looking during a amicable army that done him.”

Weinstein, who is holding a leave of deficiency from his namesake studio, pronounced he has enlisted a assistance of feminist profession Lisa Bloom, who has “put together a group of people” to “tutor” him. “My tour will be to learn about myself,” he said, “and conquer my demons.”

Why do we need a group to assistance we figure out that we took advantage of subordinates and got caught? That’s a pursuit for a shrink, not a garland of feminists.

He’s “an aged dinosaur training new ways,” Bloom pronounced in a statement she posted on Twitter. That is a jaw-dropping forgive for workplace passionate misbehavior, even if, as she wrote, “he disputes many of a allegations.”

Would Bloom, daughter of a iconic feminist profession Gloria Allred, have used that forgive for Donald Trump and O’Reilly, whose accusers she has famously represented in passionate nuisance complaints? They’re even comparison dinosaurs than Weinstein.

Anyway, what kind of vigilance does a matter like that send to victims, generally entrance from an profession who has done a repute station adult for women’s rights?

Maybe she’s peaceful to assistance Weinstein change his ways since she has business ties to him. Weinstein, along with Jay-Z, is regulating a book Bloom wrote about a Trayvon Martin box as source element for a miniseries, according to a Hollywood Reporter. More energy to her, though this is a really inlet of Hollywood.

It corrupts we before we even comprehend you’ve been corrupted.

robin.abcarian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AbcarianLAT

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