Macy Manchester ‘18: Harvey Weinstein was once a world renowned, successful powerhouse in the film industry, a recognized producer for movies such as Pulp Fiction (1994) and Gangs of New York (2002). However, after recent allegations against Weinstein, his admirable career and reputation have diminished.
On October 5th, The New York Times released a story about movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, and his involvement with women in the movie industry over the course of his career. Approximately 50 women have now testified to Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse and harassment. Weinstein was fired shortly after these accusation surfaced.
“The Weinstein Company fired its co-founder Harvey Weinstein on Sunday, after a New York Times investigation uncovered allegations that he had engaged in rampant sexual harassment,” The New York Times stated.
Over the past few decades, there has been an increase in women being undermined and taken advantage of. After this incident with Weinstein, it shows how even the most successful people can make decisions which can lead to the greatest downfalls in the workforce.
According to The New York Times, “Former Weinstein and Company employee Lauren O’Connor filed an internal memo about Weinstein’s coercive behavior.”
The memo stated: “I am a 28 year old woman trying to make a living and a career. Harvey Weinstein is a 64 year old, world famous man and this is his company. The balance of power is me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10.”
Lauren O’Connor is one voice speaking for many women who were affected by Weinstein’s actions.
On Twitter, over half a million women outside of Hollywood started a trend by hashtagging the saying “me too” to bring light to their past occurrences with sexual harassment and how it affected them. Men also tweeted the hashtag to support woman and include instances of them too being harassed. The Harvey Weinstein case encouraged thousands of individuals to speak out against sexual misconduct.
Now that the hashtag went viral, it has prompted woman to have more confidence and speak up against other men in their workforce. Known as the “Harvey Weinstein effect”, men are starting to be held accountable for their supposed actions.
American actor, Sylvester Stallone was recently brought to the spotlight when his actions from 31 years ago were mentioned. In 1986 in a Las Vegas Hotel Room, Stallone, 40 years old at the time, and a 16 year old girl were allegedly having consensual, sexual interactions when Stallone’s body guard came into the room and started to assault the girl. 30 years later, these actions are just coming into light and the Las Vegas Police Department had decided to no longer investigate this case due to a lack of evidence against Stallone.
The effects of the Harvey Weinstein case shows how people should be more open minded to real problems that go on in the acting industry. This issue should serve as a constant reminder for students at Romeo High School to speak up and stand up for what you know is right.