Hefner, Weinstein and the culture

“I don’t know if Weinstein is just a scapegoat for an industry that would rather die than change, and I’m not sure if other industries can claim moral high ground over one that is merely more guilty of sexism and exploitation by reputation. What I am reasonably sure of is that, as outraged and cataclysmic as the Weinstein scandal might be as I write this – there are many hopeful yearnings that this will be, finally, a Hollywood Armageddon – the news cycle will probably have moved on by the time you read it.

What I do know is that the powerful exploit the less powerful when they’re sure that the moral will to refuse, oppose and expose them is weak. And that as long as the height and strength of our moral rampart is “everybody knew,” the Weinsteins of the world will thrive.”

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  • Dana Garcia

    Hollyweird has been on a prolonged jihad to lower moral standards and pretend that the perverse is totally normal — just like their own values which are convenient in terms of sexually waylaying starlets et al.

  • Thanks to the Weinstein affair, many heads are falling! Oh, jubilation.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Too broad a brush. No one should really care about other poeople’s porn habits. The industry that makes legal porn is as well run as any other. And relative to its industry size vs mainstream Hollywood, more women are in leadership positions. Moreover in front of the camera, women have always been paid more than men and typically have more ‘creative control’. This is not that. This is people at the top being bullies and abusers to the people who work in their own industry. And the only reason it’s been allowed to go on an on is the victims. Women and children, girls and boys. The weakest and most vulnerable, the people who always have the fewest rights and are silenced when they speak up. This isn’t about sex it’s about power. Unaccountable, unapologetic, unrepentant power. And the truly bizarre thing is that with all of that, their product still sucks.

    In a weird way, the parallel to the democrats isn’t the lying, cheating and abuse, it’s the failure. Hillary cheated and LOST. If she had won you could at least mount some half assed Machiavellian argument how the ends justify the means. But there are no means, only ends. Corruption in the prosecution of failure. Tyranny for nothing.

  • Felix_Culpa

    Interesting article. Maybe, just maybe, left-liberals are finally waking up to the problems caused by the sexual revolution that so-cons have been seeing for years. Finally, finally, there is enough documented proof that the sexual revolution is enslaving, and not liberating. I love Douthat’s description of Hefner: “the grinning pimp of the sexual revolution…father of smut addictions and eating disorders, abortions and divorce and syphilis.” To which one could add divorce and family breakdown and doubtless not a few suicides.

    But neither Weinstein nor even Hefner was the cause of the sexual revolution. They are just the flower and fruit of an evil plant with roots going back quite a while. The Sexual Revolution was in full swing during the Roaring Twenties. It was already well-developed by the time Margaret Sanger was plumping birth control before WWI. Pope Leo XIII wrote Arcanum in 1880 against the rising popularity of divorce. http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_10021880_arcanum.html So, on that basis, I’d roughly put the origins of the sexual revolution roughly co-incident with the start of communist theories in the mid-1800s. Whatever was going on intellectually in Europe at that time is probably the beginnings of it.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    Another form of bullying, I just can’t get my head around these kind of people. Their opinion of themselves must be pretty shitty.

    • Shebel

      NO.
      Just watch how Justin treats the Canadian citizens, in general.
      He thinks that WE are STUPID.
      Justin feels PROUD of the Fact—
      It can go on Forever in his mind.