Academy Award winner Meryl Streep claims “not everybody knew” about her close friend and film producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual abuse of young women. In a statement released four days after searing allegations against the Hollywood mogul, Streep finally spoke up against her collaborator she once called “god.”
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” Streep wrote. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
Streep has worked with Weinstein on such films as The Iron Lady, in which she played Margaret Thatcher, and August: Osage County. As much history as the two have, it’s strange to hear Streep claim she had no idea he was a serial predator. Perhaps she wasn’t his type, as he preferred the younger, more impressionable variety:
One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.
Streep’s playing dumb to the Weinstein allegations is as laughable as her ignorance about media neglect. And though she labeled Weinstein’s “behavior” as “inexcusable,” Streep once called the man a god among men. While accepting a Golden Globes statue in 2012 for her role in The Iron Lady, Streep thanked, “God, Harvey Weinstein.”
"The punisher. Old Testament, I guess," she added with a laugh.
Weinstein feigned embarrassment in his reaction:
This “god” is accused of cornering a young female in a small room and masturbating in front of her. Weinstein also made his interns massage him while he was naked. And because of his power and position in Hollywood, everyone kept it a secret. That includes feminism’s new voice of outrage, Ashley Judd, who has been very busy pointing her pussy hat-wearing finger at President Trump while sitting on the lurid details about when Weinstein asked her to watch him shower on multiple occasions. Leave it to Hollywood actresses to cover up sexual indiscretions when it’s their career that’s on the line.
But none of this should be surprising, especially from Meryl Streep, who has long ignored the sins of Hollywood’s casting couch. For a "champion of women" who expressed from the awards stage that celebrities are “the most vilified” creatures in the Trump era, she had no problem leaping to her feet to applaud child rapist Roman Polanski when he won an Oscar for best director in 2003. Surely, the 13-year-old girl who was drugged, raped, and sodomized in 1977 by a 44-year-old man could tell Ms. Streep what it’s really like to be vilified.