Why does America pay so much attention to Hollywood? Is it just that humans like shiny things and that Hollywood sells shiny things. Is it that some humans need other humans to worship? Why do some people care about who a celebrity is dating, or married to, or whatever? Why? You don’t know these people. They don’t know (or care) about you.
(From The News and Observer)
The crowd responsible for Donald Trump’s election – the pious, self-dealing Swamp Creatures he ran and railed against – have had a bad few weeks.
Their troubles began with reports that Harvey Weinstein has been assaulting women for decades. This was an open secret in Hollywood and yet no one – not George Clooney, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and other A-listers who love to lecture Americans – said a peep until they were forced to.
Irony doesn’t quite capture the fact that Weinstein and his pals have donated millions to Bill and Hillary and other Democrats so they could rail against the GOP’s war on women. You can’t make this stuff up.
The hiding in plain sight sexual misconduct of other Hollywood figures, including Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and James Toback, has also been revealed. So has that of top journalists, including Leon Wieseltier (New Republic), Mark Halperin (ABC News/Morning Joe) and Michael Oreskes (New York Times/NPR). The Oreskes case is especially telling because one of his former Times colleagues who said she wished she’d confronted him about his behavior was Jill Abramson; she made her bones co-authoring a book, “Strange Justice,” which included charges that several women had not been allowed to testify against Clarence Thomas during his nomination hearings.