If you haven’t heard, the Academy had an emergency meeting over the weekend on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. It didn’t take long for the members to vote for Weinstein’s expulsion. It’s only the second time in the organization’s history that such a punishment has been handed out to one of its members.
And while many people were pleased with the decision, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver pointed out how hypocritical the Academy is, and slammed them for not doing enough.
“Yes, finally! The group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out. So, congratulations, Hollywood! See you at the next Oscars where – and this is true – Casey Affleck will be presenting Best Actress.”
For those who don’t know, Casey Affleck was hit with a couple of sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing, but the same can be said for most abusers. They’re not going to admit it.
Oliver’s point is fair. Why did the Academy take such drastic measures with Weinstein? Because they were under intense pressure from the public. They should have this attitude toward all of the abusers in Hollywood. These decisions shouldn’t be made simply because the dirty business is out in the open.