Hollywood luminaries are known for their self-righteousness.
They lecture the rest of the country while they work in one of the most depraved industries.
But an A-list Hollywood director made a shocking confession about one sex scandal.
Disgraced megaproducer Harvey Weinstein faces 23 years in prison after getting convicted of rape.
Weinstein had a notorious reputation in Hollywood, and everyone turned a blind eye.
But writer-director Quentin Tarantino owned up to the fact that he didn’t do enough to stop him.
Many of Tarantino’s films were produced by Weinstein, including his breakout feature Pulp Fiction.
Weinstein greenlit the movie when others in the industry passed on the script.
That’s why Tarantino has referred to Weinstein as a “father figure,” but Tarantino admitted he should’ve sat Weinstein down.
In an interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Tarantino said:
“I didn’t know about any rapes or anything like that…But I knew he was — you know — I chalked it up to the boss chasing the secretary around the desk. As if that’s okay. But I mean, that’s how I kind of looked at it. He was making unwanted advances…But I wish I had talked to him…I wish I had sat him down and gone, ‘Harvey you can’t do this. You’re gonna f*ck up everything.’”
Weinstein’s misconduct was so well-known, it was the source of jokes.
In 2012, a female character (who plays an actress) on the sitcom 30 Rock said, “In some ways, I’m still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein and it’s Thanksgiving.”
In 2013, Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane said while announcing the Best Supporting Actress nominees, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.”
“There’s nobody who said they didn’t know, that didn’t know…If you were in his orbit — and that includes all the big actors who he palled around with — they all knew…They all knew…They probably didn’t know anything about rapes, but they had heard things.”
Weinstein was not only an important Hollywood player, but he was a big Democrat Party donor.
The same code of silence existed around Jeffrey Epstein, who similarly hobnobbed with famous celebrities and politicians despite having a dubious past.
The #MeToo Movement brought down several bigwigs within the entertainment industry.
Kevin Spacey’s career went off the rails when he was accused of sexual assault.
Even nonsexual boorish behavior is being heavily scrutinized within the industry.
Big-time producer Scott Rudin was finally called out by independent producer Megan Ellison—daughter of Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison—for his abusive behavior.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect about these Hollywood scandals is that the industry continues to lecture the rest of the country.
Not only do celebrities thumb their noses at “flyover country,” but the movies and television shows reflect a similar attitude.
Hollywood needs to get its own house in order before wagging its finger at everyone else.