Harvey Weinstein’s Hollywood Savvy Is Behind His Crass NRA Ploy. That’s Why It Could Work.

by Caleb Howe   /    Red State

Hollywood. It’s the neighborhood that conservatives love to hate but desperately wish to occupy. It is the home of privilege, excess, and money by the truckload. And it is liberal to its capitalist core.

Hollywood is the primary manufacturer of our modern American popular culture, and would be its arbiter and enforcer too. It is where people with “a platform” talk trash about people without one, and give “scathing” monologues on topics with which they have little familiarity and no expertise. The land of unearned credibility and undue influence.

It’s also a long and comfortable home to degeneracy, sexual harassment and assault, and of course, to rape.

The latest ugly sex news from Hollywood involves Harvey Weinstein, a mega-player, producer, and one among the mighty panoply of gods who reign over the California Olympus. Like Zeus and Roman Polanski before him, a serial harasser of women and sexual predator, according to many accusations. His guilt, through his actions, he is almost plainly admitting.

According to the reports and accusations, it is a three decades long career of misdeeds and abuse. The casting couch mentality dragged once more into, you’ll forgive the phrase, the limelight. Hollywood’s sordid history made plain and public yet again.

But let’s not forget, it is also the liberal la-la-land, and Weinstein knows this all too well. The Scene is political as much as it is patriarchal and predatory, and the major league players have spent equally long learning how that works as they have learning how to corrupt youth and beauty. Weinstein is an expert in Hollywood, and so an expert in Hollywood liberalism.

Which is why you should realize, upon reading his statement, that he issued it in expectation of it working flawlessly. Expectation that comes from his experience and knowledge, his expertise. He expects this to work. This transparent ugly thing. This:

I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.

I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone.

I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.

I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.

Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be t o learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists and I plant to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue had on. I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa to learn more. Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me. I want a second chance in the community but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it. I have goals that are now priorities. Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years and this is a wake-up call. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.

I am going to need a place to channel that anger so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental; it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her.

I’m a liberal. I’m #TheResistance. I’m you.

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