Hurricane Harvey: Why Did Hollywood Enable a Cat-5 Sexual Predator?

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  1. listeningin Inactive

    I live in Southern California and in Hollywood itself for a bit, so while I’ve never even remotely pursued a career in the “Industry” (that’s what they call the music/movies/TV entertainment world in LA), I’ve spent a little time around the edges with a number of friends and family members involved and a short stint as a producer’s secretary. What I find incredible is the utter hypocrisy of all these people coming out and acting shocked, as if this isn’t all par for the course. This is how Hollywood works…it is a deeply dark, insidious, utterly corrupt place from bottom to top. I have some friends who are a couple that met while trying to make it in the music industry. They played at the Roxie and the Whisky on Hollywood Blvd and were totally engulfed in the alcohol and drug scene before they got out. Their take (and they were quite emphatic about this) was that there is no majorly famous person that got there without having to sleep with someone, particularly if they are female. The wife’s big chance at a record label came at the price of sleeping with a record producer whose face we would all recognize. She refused, but her story was just one of many similar stories that they knew about because they were partying with the crowd that did get signed and went on to fame and rock and roll glory. Just look at stories like Rock Hudson and Henry Willson from the 50s and imagine what developed from those roots. Whatever the back story of this take down of Weinstein, it is impossible to believe that it was done out of pure virtue. The gross thing to me is that so many in Hollywood are posing like they are shocked and taking a moral high ground, when the truth is, if they were really being “brave,” this would just be the beginning of a massive house cleaning that would prove cataclysmic for the Industry as it is now known…which might be why they are still protecting it. I am guessing there are many hundreds of gross people shaking in their boots about being the next person to be outed. I am guessing that there are many stars who are terrified that the people they have used and abused over the years will start taking to Twitter.

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    • October 13, 2017, at 12:31 PM PDT
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  2. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    I realize all experiences are different, but in the corporate world, this type of harassment has a shelf-life of about 3 seconds. Anonymous vehicles to report behavior are accessible to every employee, and every manager/director/GM/VP/SVP/CEO, etc, knows it. They’re all just one phone call away from getting canned, or having their career halted.

    I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but in the couple of instances mentioned in the pod – restaurants, the movie industry – these are smaller, non-corporate worlds. The restaurant (other than chain stuff) is still locally owned and managed. A restaurant owner reports to him or herself. A production company (like Weinstein’s) is a small company, with the money at the top, and all the control.

    These are not typical organizational structures, compared to even medium-sized corporations. Corporations are risk-averse. For a reason.

    I say these things because some comments in the pod made it sound like this behavior is rampant, everywhere. It’s not. If it were, businesses would have been torn to the ground, starting in the 1970s and 1980s.

    What still kills me is that the same people who simultaneously support a Bill Clinton or a Weinstein are the first to label Republican males as misogynistic, etc. People attracted to power may or may not have some kind of serial defect, but it seems that it’s more the person’s craving for power that drives both their professional behavior (and achievements) and the same thing can easily cause their own undoing.

    C

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    • October 17, 2017, at 4:27 PM PDT
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