After the onslaught of victims who have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, abuse, and rape, more people are coming forward with similar allegations against other members of Hollywood’s elite. For the sake of legality, it’s important to remember that while it’s important that all victims speak up and share their stories, people are also to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Because of the emotions involved, it can be easy to forget that some people are being accused of acts and tried in the court of public opinion and social media without having their day in court. With that said, the number of people claiming they were sexually harassed, abused, groped, raped, or otherwise molested by Hollywood’s elite is appalling.
There are several disturbing themes in the recent allegations made against people like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and even President George H.W. Bush. First and foremost and what is most troubling is the number of people who are coming forward saying they knew for years, and even decades of the predatory behavior.
Weinstein’s behavior has been called an “open secret” by many. There is no such thing as an open secret. If everyone knows that someone is a rapist or a pedophile and says nothing about it, you are covering up a criminal act. It’s that simple. You are either on the side of the abuser or the side of the victim.
You cannot be on the side of rape victims and be silent about rape.
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) October 22, 2017
Another very troubling aspect of the Hollywood sex abuse scandal is that there are many child actors who have come forward to say they suffered at the hands of pedophiles for years.
Corey Feldman has spoken out publicly about the abuse he and good friend Corey Haim suffered. The allegations date so far back that the statute of limitations has expired, causing Feldman to fear greater attacks by his abusers should he come forward and publicly name them.
Between the allegations of children who state they were thrown into a den of pedophiles and the adults coming forward saying they were only considered for top roles in movies if they would perform sexually for producers or directors, one can only assume that Hollywood is nothing more than a haven for pedophiles and predators.
Rose McGowan and Corey Feldman may be the two most vocal actors challenging and calling out those who are abusing both adults and children in Hollywood.
It isn’t enough to use social media and talk about the open secret that apparently everyone in Hollywood has known for years.
It’s time that producers, directors, casting agents, managers, talent agents, photographers, and more are held accountable, legally.
Civil suits need to be filed and the public should seriously consider boycotting films made by Hollywood’s predators and pedophiles.
If people truly want to stand up and say enough is enough, then stop spending money on movies made by sexual predators.
The fallout from the Hollywood sex scandal is only in the early stages but it will likely continue to snowball until real change is made.
What do you think about the allegations against Hollywood’s elite? Do you feel it has impacted the way you view movies? Were you surprised to hear that the casting couch was alive and thriving in 2017?
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