Over the last few weeks (and arguably further back), Jimmy Kimmel has acted as America’s moral arbiter, declaring the thoughts and prayers of Republicans “insufficient” following the devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas, as if he were the personal email filter for Providence. His weepy, Schumer-sourced monologues have redefined the tone of attack for Leftist icons, branding anyone who disagrees with them as hateful, heartless and immoral.
Are we really supposed to take this seriously coming from Hollywood of all places?
Long-known “news” of Harvey Weinstein’s filth has surfaced following allegations of sexual harassment and assault from several actresses and models of varying levels of fame. I don’t understand why everyone is acting so surprised.
Hollywood has always been, to quote from a Hollywood blockbuster, a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.” But society chooses to ignore it until it’s right in our faces and we’re shamed into acknowledging it.
The Hollywood and political elite have clamored to denounce Weinstein following intense pressure to do so, but we know that most of these reactions are hollow.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama can feign disgust all they want, but they were close to this man. He was the first person they’d greet in a room, and they accepted his donations.
Meryl Streep can pretend she knew nothing of Weinstein’s habits, but even if that were true, she gave convicted sexual offender Roman Polanski a standing ovation — the entire Academy did.
Matt Damon and Russell Crowe apparently killed a previous exposé on Weinstein yet pleaded ignorant of his evils, and when Ben Affleck announced his shock, Rose McGowan (one of Weinstein’s accusers) called out the Batman for allegedly responding, “I told him not to do that anymore!” following news of another Weinstein assault. Not only that, but Affleck later apologized for his own behavior toward an aspiring actress on MTV’s “TRL.”
And when late-night hosts Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon finally addressed the story, they immediately pivoted to whataboutisms, citing the egregious “Hollywood Access” tape and a series of Fox News settlements, respectively. Certainly, the latter examples are also inexcusable, but the fact that left-leaning cultural leaders can’t acknowledge the impropriety they’ve ignored for years without tagging a “but Trump” at the end is telling. That so many will discount either while condemning the other is disgusting.
Moreover, Hollywood knew. We know they knew. Quips about Weinstein’s reputation were featured on “30 Rock” and at the Emmy’s, not to mention the general depravity of Hollywood with its infamous casting couches.
The most shocking news here is sadly not the horrid stories of Weinstein’s alleged harassment and assault of vulnerable newcomers or even that Hollywood is attempting to brush it off — Weinstein has long been gross; Hollywood has long known about it. We’ve always dismissed the debauchery coming from our cultural la la land. The real shocker is that we still allow Hollywood to define our morality and immortalize its elites as bastions of wisdom and progress.
Shame on Weinstein and all those who stand with him, even if they denounce him with their lips. But most of all, shame on us for placing so much moral gravitas on a brazenly vile industry that, in only a few weeks, we will return to idolizing just as loyally as we did before.
Shame on all of us.
Richie Angel is a co-editor in chief of The New Guards and a contributor for NOQ Report.