Being rich and powerful must be sweet. You can basically do whatever you want. You can buy expensive cars or booze or giraffes. Or I guess sexually harass whoever you want. Now you might have been shocked by the idea that Harvey Weinstein could do so many horrible things to so many women for decades without getting exposed, but when you really think about it this is pretty straightforward.
Why didn’t at least one of his many victims (especially in this twisted age of social media) say even one or two things to someone that made this stick before last week. Some of the most well known and powerful celebrity women and feminist advocates on the planet have now fingered this guy. Why didn’t one of them tweet like three years ago, “Harvey Weinstein is a deviant sexual predator, he tried to rape me. #rape #yesallwomen”
Why? Because Weinstein was powerful. It’s as simple as that. Weinstein was one of the top five guys in Hollywood. He ended people’s careers in seconds. It’s the way of things. One of the themes I’ve noticed these last few days as women finally spoke out is their internal dialogue about what was going through their brains when Weinstein did his evil acts.
All these women in their own way mention some kind of cost / benefit analysis. They’re in fear and protection mode as they try and escape the clutches of this shit creep. But at the same time their brain is in fear mode about what Weinstein will do to them if they don’t give in. This type of analysis is older than humanity itself. It’s been playing out with evil rich and powerful men since before fire was invented.
We’d like to think in our super modern and connected culture that people can no longer get away with this. But they still do, because it’s still human nature. All the tweets in the world can’t change the human brain.
Regardless of what you think of Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy I think you can make a reasonable claim that if either of those guys worked at the Sizzler for minimum wage, that both of them would have done severe jail time and been disgraced. Instead, they are both essentially American heroes.
I’m shocked that Dennis Hastert ever got caught for the horrible things he did to boys. But if you’ll remember, Hastert wasn’t initially caught for sexual crimes. They wrapped up Hastert for violating the government limit of how many $10K bank account withdrawals you can make without reporting it to the tax man. Only later did the authorities realize what the money was for. Otherwise Hastert would have gotten away with it.
I’m not sure what all this means, other than that as always humanity is on a perpetual quest to self improvement. It also means you have to take a rather cynical view of what people say. Especially if the person talking is rich and powerful.
Weinstein’s been a big time bankroller for women’s rights and so forth for decades. And that whole time … , well, that’s also why they get away with it. It’s the smokescreen to cover up who they really are.
Notice how Weinstein is already making the usual public relations statements about screwing up, learning, personal growth, etc. He doesn’t seem to realize he’s truly done. He still things he’s in control. That’s how twisted his brain is. He still thinks he can get away with it. That’s the biggest thing to learn about this above all.
Rich and powerful bad dude, rarely caught.