And according to conservative pundit, Stefan Molyneux, this round in the culture wars has been won by conservatives exposing Weinstein.
The 65-year-old Hollywood producer faces sexual harassment allegations from former colleagues, employees, and acquaintances spanning three decades.
“When a scandal forces liberals to criticize both Hollywood and the Obamas, you know it’s bad,” Newsbusters reported. Both Hollywood and Washington are silent about the fact that the mega-producer gave Malia Obama an internship at the Weinstein company.
Executive producer for Veep, tweeted on October 6, “Biggest mystery of @nytimes Weinstein story: How exemplary parents like Obamas let their daughter work there. The stories were out there.”
Michelle Obama had praised movie mogul Weinstein, now facing accusations of decades of sexual harassment, as a “wonderful human being” and a “good friend” in 2013.
On November 8, 2013, Michelle Obama hosted a Careers in Film Symposium and offered warm remarks for Weinstein in her opening.
“I want to start by thanking Harvey Weinstein for organizing this amazing day,” she said. “Harvey. This is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse.”
While Weinstein was distributing films like “The Hunting Ground,” a 2015 documentary about sexual assault on college campuses, he also helped endow a “Gloria Steinem” faculty chair at Rutgers; joined a national women’s march in Park City, Utah, in January; and was a big fund-raiser for and supporter of Hillary Clinton. All in the name of women’s rights.
But the New York Times has now published a game-changing investigative report about Harvey Weinstein’s rampant sexual misconduct, even though the paper had known about his exploits for longer than a decade. Citing two unnamed sources, “Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women,” The New York Times reported.
One insider told The Hollywood Reporter that the current mood in Hollywood can be described as “finally it has all become public”.
Weinstein’s board members and legal advisers have been resigning en masse as the ugly details emerge of three decades of settlements for sex-related offenses. His employment with The Weinstein Company meanwhile has been terminated, “effective immediately,” read a statement from the TWC board, according to the Associated Press.
The media enablers who kept this story from the public for decades, sadly also includes the New York Times. In 2004, the paper dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips to the continent.
One NYT reporter had traveled to Rome to track down the man running Miramax Italy. According to multiple accounts, he had no film experience and his real job was to act as a pimp for Weinstein, among other things.
As head of Miramax Italy in 2003 and 2004, Fabrizio Lombardo was paid $400 000 for less than a year of employment by the Walt Disney Company. The reporter had it on the record that Lombardo knew nothing about film, and was rather organising female escorts.
At the time, Lombardo denied that he was on the payroll to pimp for Weinstein. The reporter then tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein. She was terrified to speak because of her non-disclosure agreement. At least it was hard evidence of a pay-off, but that story never ran in the NYT.
After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call the reporter directly to vouch for Lombardo, the story was gutted. Weinstein had visited the NYT newsroom in person to make his displeasure known as a major advertiser.
“He’s not a publicly elected official,” the culture editor at the time said. Disney had no idea that Lombardo even existed.
Veteran actress Meryl Streep has meanwhile been silent in the wake of the bombshell sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood titan Weinstein, who she once called “God”. In her 2012 Golden Globe acceptance speech, the actress thanked “God – Harvey Weinstein” to thunderous applause.
Best-selling author and conservative commentator Ann Coulter called out Streep for remaining silent over Weinstein.
Merle Streep on Trump: "Evil prospers when good men do nothing" … Like she did for 20 years, winning Oscars. pic.twitter.com/6EutGqeDe6
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 7, 2017
Others include Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Anna Paquin, Renee Zelwegger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Judi Dench, and Penelope Cruz — many of whom have spoken out about domestic abuse and sexual assault in entertainment and other professional spaces, but are now silent about Weinstein.
Only Amber Tamblyn, Lena Dunham, and Brie Larson have come forward to denounce his behaviour. As Streep, and others, remain silent, a daily stream of fresh allegations against Weinstein continue to surface. The mega-producer has threatened to sue the New York Times for what he called “reckless reporting”.
New York’s The Cut argued that Weinstein did not get the media attention he actually deserved because “there were so many journalists on his payroll, working as consultants on movie projects, or as screenwriters, or for his magazine”.
The Los Angeles Press Club gave Weinstein its “Truthteller Award,” calling him an example of “integrity and social responsibility,” this year, but the film side of his company has been under enormous financial pressure. This may be the first awards season that will not include Weinstein.
Both Weinstein’s anti-white movie projects, Inglorious basterds and Django unchained, were filled with stomach-churning violence against whites. Director Quentin Tarantino, reversed a flailing Weinstein Company’s fortunes for a short while when the movies did well, but also because he had proved to be an indefatigable campaigner for the serial predator.
Both movies had an A-list star cast of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, daughter of Gloria Allred who has made a name for herself for working with victims of sexual assault and harassment, at first defended the mogul, but on Saturday, after backlash, she resigned.