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It's not just Harvey

The scandal around Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein continues. But is he the only one to blame? 

We've found this article on Hollywood Reporter Krista Vernoff, "Grey's Anatomy" showrunner:

 

Several years ago I was trying to cast a pilot. I brought two actresses to screen test at the network. One was radically better than the other. But the other had a "build" the male network president found "sexier." The difference in the quality of the auditions was so extreme, that his top female executive couldn't bite her tongue. She said, "That's not how it's supposed to work. Actress number one hit it out of the park. It's not supposed to go to number two because she's the one you are more personally attracted to." This network president fancied himself one of the good guys, and she'd embarrassed him. He conceded and let me have the actress who'd earned the part, but that powerful female executive was fired without explanation within a couple of weeks.

There's a feeding frenzy in social media right now. People wanting to point fingers at those who have been "complicit" with Harvey Weinstein over the years. They are angry, understandably, and looking for specific targets. There are also those — as there always are — who want to point fingers at Harvey's female victims for not speaking up sooner. As if by sacrificing their lives and careers, they could have single-handedly turned the tide of systemic misogyny upon which this town is built. "Gwyneth has so much power! She should've spoken up sooner," they say, in the painfully naive belief that had Gwyneth spoken up sooner, she would ever have gotten so much power.

The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends this week. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn't. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. And I have a nice career. I don't need my little homemade movie in his festival — it's not gonna make or break me. So why didn't I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn't work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn't have a career.

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