Hollywood, you have a problem, and it's far past time to acknowledge it.
Not only acknowledge, but drag it kicking and screaming from the darkness into the light and destroy it for the backward thinking, archaic and demeaning thing it is.
I'm talking (of course) about rampant sexism, misogyny and rape culture.
It's been the subject of a joke for too long. "The Casting Couch". And we all nervously laugh because it just couldn't be true, could it? But it is. It has been a joke for so long, there must be an element of truth to it. Rich white men in power are using their money and their power to take advantage of others, specifically women.
I've seen it first hand in scripts, where the female protagonists are always described with words like "attractive", "buxom", "full lips", "a figure to die for" etc... There is nary a word about their personality, or how an actor might tackle the role. Just a physical description of them.
I've seen it first hand in casting sessions, where directors are going after a certain "look".
I've seen the clips in movies that depict uncomfortable women being asked to say or do things they shouldn't have to in order to get an acting job.
I've heard the jokes that the award hosts make. Those thinly veiled barbs that the audience chuckles at nervously, then looks around to see if any of the producers noticed.
And as accusation after accusation piles up on Harvey Weinstein (and now others as these brave women AND MEN come forward) I can only say enough is enough.
On behalf of all men, you fuckers need to knock this shit off. It's unbecoming, uncalled for, unwelcome and WRONG.
As someone who used to look up to people like Weinstein, I am sickened and disgusted. This was a role model? This was someone I thought to emulate in a business sense? This was someone I was envious of his success?
Fuck you Harvey.
As someone attempting to make a living off of Hollywood now and wanting to make a living IN Hollywood eventually, you need to be setting a higher standard for me to look up to.
Women are people, not objects. They are Human fucking beings. They don't deserve this sub par treatment and constant harassment. Meetings should NOT be held in hotel rooms. If you are too busy to meet in the lobby or your office, you are too busy to have that meeting. These women really aren't interested in talking through an open bathroom door while you shower. They aren't interested in giving you a massage, sharing your champagne, man handling your prick, or trading in sexual favors for parts in movies.
They are applying for a job. The end.
How you could abuse your position is beyond me. Oh, I know it's been going on since the beginning, and everyone has turned a blind eye to it, and blah, blah, blah.
Fuck that shit.
Movies are my religion, get it? The culture, the experience, the magic of the silver screen. And like these assholes who wanna shoot up movie theatres, you are taking a shit in my church.
Knock it the fuck off and crawl back under whatever primeval rock spit you out.
That goes for all the rest of you too. Wether you are a movie mogul or a politician, I am so tired of seeing these reports, of looking at FRIENDS pages plastered with #MeToo I could scream. In many ways, that's what this rant is: One big long scream into the net either. I have no delusions, Harvey, I know you're not reading my post and rethinking your life. But maybe, someone out there is who will be in a position of power someday. And maybe they'll remember this moment and go "No More."
No fucking more.