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The Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to boil with questions of who knew what and when, a new and disturbing story from Kate Beckinsale, and a NYPD investigation. The list of Weinstein’s accusers grows daily, as does the number of celebrities adding their voices to describe their shock and dismay.
While Weinstein’s behavior is “disgusting” (Robert Rodriguez) and “There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault” (Leonardo DiCaprio), we have to wrest our attentions from celebrity social media feeds if there’s any hope of stopping it. And while I believe the industry houses other Weinsteins who must be rooted out, the real work lies in paying serious attention to people whose names appear low in the credits crawl, when they’re there at all.
Harassment - Categories - Actress - Actors - Story
Sexual harassment crosses all categories, and there isn’t an actress (and not a few actors) who doesn’t have a story. Most have first-hand experience; those who don’t, certainly know those who do. Some faced these confrontations via marquee names, but many others came from encounters with casting directors, development execs, agents, managers, producers, and probably every section of IMDb.
To be clear: The entertainment industry has many people who never engage in anything like sexual harassment, much less assault. But there are those who do, and that’s the ordinary behavior that is much harder to destroy. Julianne Moore talks about how it’s “important in any kind of situation to speak up,” but consider what that looks like. Most harassment happens to the nobodies — people working to make a name for themselves. And in this industry, there is no swifter way to halt that progress than to be known as a pain in the ****.
Imagine - Scenario - Actress - Producer - Audition
Imagine this scenario: A working, non-famous actress is propositioned by a producer at an audition. If she’s not too shocked to respond, she could tell...
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