The Hollywood sex scandal certainly isn’t going away anytime soon.
And neither should it.
It has however, been injected with another talking point: #Sheknew
Aimed at Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, the #Sheknew campaign is a series of posters spread around Hollywood depicting Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein with the Phrase “She knew” plastered over Meryl’s face.
Personally, I don’t think she should be on that poster.
I’ll explain why.
For those of you who don’t already know; Meryl Streep is a long-time friend to Harvey Weinstein and denies ever knowing ANYTHING about his years of abusing women. A fact that many, including actress Rose McGowan (who claims that Weinstein raped her), simply do not believe.
Normally, I would be the first person to say innocent until proven guilty (read my post The problem with Linda Sarsour and Lena Dunham). However, if you look closely at this case, it becomes more and more clear that it would be pretty much impossible for Streep NOT to know about Weinstein’s behaviour.
Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour was undoubtedly the worst kept secret in Hollywood. Practically EVERYBODY in Hollywood knew a story about him or at the least, knew somebody who did. The very fact that Streep was friends and colleagues with Weinstein for a number of years is, some would say, evidence enough that she must have at least suspected something. Arguably the greatest Actress in the last 30 or so years, she will no doubt have contacts ranging from all aspects of the movie and political worlds in which Weinstein was well-known and feared. Somebody must have said something to her at some point. A little whisper here. A little word in the ear there.
Hollywood is full of people who can’t keep secrets, and knowing something as explosive as the Weinstein scandal is too much not to at least tell a fellow Hollywood alumni if not the press.
However, speculation can only get you so far. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t say that Meryl Streep doesn’t at least deserve the right of due-process to be able to “clear her name” in all of this. The evidence against her knowing about Weinstein’s behaviour is pretty substantial, yet I think the whole truth of the matter will never see the light of day. It’s easy to say “Of course she knew! She must have!” simply because she was friends with the guy. But throw in the fact that she is without a doubt the most famous and well-connected actress in Hollywood, and you really do have to ask: “How could she not know?”
Finally, to single out Meryl Streep alone is perhaps a tad unfair.
I understand why some people have; some see her as the ultimate hypocrite: the rich, privileged global superstar who portrays herself to be the moral conscience of “the people”, the epitome of all that is good and fair and just; all the while telling us, the lowly proles that we are how we should live our lives better. How to give more. Who to vote for. Who we should revere and condemn.
All while buddying up to people like Harvey Weinstein.
Like I say though: she needs due process. There’s no proof, just conjecture that she had any idea how much of a monster Harvey Weinstein really is.
And then I remember someone else she’s spoken up for.
Someone else she has applauded and lavished praise and admiration on.
Somebody who, she does know is guilty of being a monster. A rapist. Even a paedophile. We know that she knows he’s guilty.
Of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.
The crimes of this man are beyond abhorrent. And we all know they are true.
Meryl Streep knows they are true, yet still applauds and congratulates the man for his accomplishments in Hollywood.
THAT is the true reason I believe most people believe she knew the truth about Harvey all along. It’s not the first time she has done it.
I’m going to end this piece by saying this:
I still don’t think it should be Meryl Streep on that poster.
It should be all of them.
The whole damn lot of them.
From the make-up artists, to the grips, the camera operators to the actors, the directors to the producers. Brad Pitt. Hilary Clinton. Donald Trump. Barack Obama.
They all knew. Every single last one of them knew and yet; they did nothing.
Nobody was willing to stand up and risk their way of life, their position amongst the elite. They all had too much to lose by way of association.
That was proven the moment Rose McGowan finally broke her silence and was then cast aside like a traitor.
They all knew. And trust me, that’s not all they know. But until someone puts them all in a position where they HAVE to condemn someone, you’ll be the last ones to know.
How about #Theyknew?