The bulk of Hollywood actors who knew Harvey Weinstein are playing dumb when it comes to the horrible accusations that he forced young women to perform sex acts. The resounding refrain is that no one knew he was actually doing bad things. Others say they had just heard rumors about his actions. But as we learn more and more, it seems that it was one of the worst-kept secrets in Tinsel Town.
To serve as evidence, check out these two examples when Weinstein’s bad reputation was used as punchlines in hit TV shows and during awards shows.
First up is NBC’s 30 Rock. In 2012, Tina Fey helped craft a scene between two characters, played by Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan, having a conversation about show business.
Krakowski’s character proclaims she isn’t afraid of any powerful people in Hollywood, adding, “I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions out of five.”
Cue the laugh track!
And then there was this joke at the 2013 Oscar nominations ceremony. Funny man Seth Macfarlane was on stage introducing those chosen in the category of best supporting actress and after reading the names Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams, and Jacki Weaver, he quipped:
“Congratulations! You five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein!”
Not so funny now, is it?