The Harvey Question — A Scumbag or Just Typical Of Hollywood?
from my news blog The Daily Stirrer
Marilyn, the two Corey’s, Polansky’s Victim, abuse is par for the course in Hollywood.
Image: The Coreys, Haim (left) and Feldman (centre) Marilyn and Roman (pervy) Polansky
We have been gobsmacked by the hypocrisy of mainstream media, Hollywood luvvies and liberal politicians in the USA as they have hurried to jump on the latest politically correct bandwagon and condemn Harvey Weinstein for the way he exploited his position as the most powerful producer in the film and television industry to bully and coerce young actresses into granting him sexual favours in order to advance, (or in some cases preserve,) their careers. This should not be interpreted as implying The Daily Stirrer approves in any way of Weinstein’s behaviour. He’s a pervert.
What bothers us however is that not only were his antics widely known throughout showbusiness, in the media and to the political establishment for decades before The New York Times decided to take him down for reasons we may never know but can hazard a guess that it might relate to the fact that the paper is losing readers and its circulation is nearing the citical level at which a print edition can no longer be sustained. Sensation sells, as my dear old dad and his colleagues in the UK press would often tell me.
The kind of abuse Weinstein inflicted on attractive young women who found themselves either beholden to him or needing a favour from him has been par for the course in Hollywood since the 1920s. One of the biggest victims of the exploitation and abuse culture was Marilyn Monroe,, (the linked info is a private blog — if you don’t consider it a reliable source just enter “Marilyn Monroe abuse” in your preferred search engine,) who was abused throughout her career and whose early death has been attributed to the treatment she received over decadesat the hands of the Hollywood elite.
Given they way Hollywood has behaved in closing ranks to protect those involved in scandal over the years we should believe the worst of all the rumours and allegations that come out. The habit liberals have of jumping on any politically correct bandwagon is almost as deplorable as Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women, but made all the more so when we contrast the way many of those now lining up to condemn condemn Weinstein, (against whom, it must be said, nothing has yet been proved,) have campaigned for the pardon and rehabilitation of the convicted paedophile and rapist Roman Polansky. One must suppose that where the accusations that took down Weinstein came from established actresses, the twelve year old girl Polansky was convicted of abusing was “nobody” and thus in the warped morality of the fame junkie mindset, is of no consequence to the Hollywood gang.
There are hundreds of other stories on course, one of the most shocking and most available being the revelations of actor Cory Feldman, who alleged in 1993 he was was anally raped by powerful people in Hollywood while a highly sucessful child star in the 1980s. A condensed version of his book Coreyography was serialised by UK newspaper The Daily Mail. Feldman also reports his co star Corey Haim suffered simlilar abuse. Unfortunately Haim took his own life in 2010 after a long battle with drug addiction. Feldman claims he and Haim were introduced to drugs by their abusers. Ignore those who will tell you The Daily Mail is a disgusting right wing rag that only prints lies. Its style is sensationalist and designed to appeal to readers’ baser instincts, but it’s reporting of this story accords with what Corey Feldman has said and his friend Elijah Wood has confirmed.
It is easy to condemn Harvey Weinstein, he is now a soft target. He deserves all the condemnation, the ostracism and whatever penalties the justice system sees fit to impose. But as a result of this case we should examine ourselves too, and the celebrity culture we have allowed ourselves to be sucked into. Actors, musicians and writers entertain us but that does not place them, nor the people that produce and promote their work, above the rule law or the obligation to treat each other decently.
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