Today I’d like to talk about a serious issue. Something that has dominated the news. I would like to take a moment to address the Hollywood Sexual Abuse scandal that has been going on since early October.
Let’s start by outlining a few questions:
- ‘What is the Hollywood Sexual Abuse Scandal?’ This is a news event that has exposed big Hollywood moguls for causing shock to male and female actors. This has caused other platforms like music, politics, sports and media to expose the people that believe it is their right to sexually touch person.
- ‘Who is involved?’ Big media personalities like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey etc. Have been accused of sexually assaulting women and men for decades.
- ‘When did it start?’ It started on the 5th of October when the New York times wrote reports on Harvey Weinstein. Decades of his sexual mosconduct were written and actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were one of the first people to accuse him of sexual assault and rape. Since then over ninety women have accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. This has been coined as the ‘Weinstein Effect’ for other actors have been exposed like Kevin Spacey, C.K. Louis, Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman etc. It has spread to platforms with people like Mario Batali and Roy Moore being exposed for being sexual predators.
Now we come on to ‘why?’. Why do people feel it is their right to inappropriately touch someone? It’s a difficult question to answer and one we all would certainly like to ask those sexual predators. It’s interesting to know that these people who we hailed have stooped to an ultimate new level. Think about it? Before October, Harvey Weinstein was one of the top producers of Hollywood. Now we all think of him as a monster. I’m not saying that we should hail him because why would we hail someone who has traumatised women. It’s just something to think about.
#Metoo was trending on twitter and it all started with Alyssa Milano who wanted every person to come out with their story of sexual assault or harassment. We have definitely entered a time where we discover out heroes to be disgusting people. A story that truly stuck to me was Terry Crew’s story. I remember reading his story and reminding myself that men too are the victims of sexual assault. I also expressed my support for this trending topic. The sex scandal has made everyone aware and we certainly should be spreading the awareness and help those who can’t speak out about the atrocities that happened to them.
I was on the internet when I came across Mario Batali’s email apology for the accusations of sexual assault. It began sort of okay. He did not apologise to his victims but he apologised to his family, friends and partners. He then ends the email with a recipe for pizza cinnamon roles. That’s a person who does not understand the consequences and sees this as an excuse to promote himself.
Well, I have a message for those people who have been discovered or those yet to have been discovered. Especially to people like Mario Batali: You will not get away with this. No matter how much you try to silence the voices of those you harassed, those voices will come out. Nothing will protect you from your stupid actions. You need to step up and accept the consequences rather than denying the actions. Everyone knows you did it. No one can lie about trauma and those who do are just as worse as you. You are a despicable human being.
Can we forgive these people? At the end of the day we can’t. They have taken advantage of someone’s intimacy and no one can give that back. You can’t turn back the clock and so forgiveness will take so much hard work. That conclude’s my report, understanding and opinion to the Hollywood Sexual Abuse Scandal.