Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is weighing in on the Harvey Weinstein disgrace. Jamie is Hollywood royalty being the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She’s been working in Hollywood since she was 20 but exposed to it her whole life. Her father, about whom Jamie said, “was not a father,” was a legendary ‘ladies man’ who bragged about his sexual conquests and was quoted saying, “all through my life I wanted to conquer every woman I met.”
Jamie fully supports the women who were victimized by Weinstein. More so, she wants to call out those who are blaming the them for his actions. Specifically, although she doesn’t use names, Donna Karan and her archaic “are these women asking for it” bullsh-t. She wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post asking for everyone to refocus their energy on the man accused, not the accusers.
In the unfolding events that have seemingly rocked the entertainment business, even though so many claim to have known about Mr. Weinstein’s aggression and harassment and lecherous doings, I awoke to a statement, from an unlikely voice, that the women in question were perhaps “asking for it.”
Is this how we have evolved? Is this what the women’s movement, feminism and, more recently, the women’s march has yielded? A fellow woman, one who makes her living dressing famous women in tight, sexy dresses and one who built her empire to do her good works all over the world, would throw these brave women under the bus in a weird, mean girl version of slut shaming?
I, too, have been subjected to my own private, personal versions of sexual harassment on the job. Did I ask for it? No. What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.
What I believe we are all asking for in these instances, is a chance to show our talent, our humanity, a chance to express ourselves and our art and perhaps, be a part of a film that can truly create change.
Perhaps this grotesque power play to “get some” by this brutish thug of a man and the attempts by him, his lawyer, his board and famous friends to, once again, keep it under wraps and blame the victim will fail. Perhaps the truth will out other sexual harassment, be it from a governor or a president or a presidential candidate or studio head or movie star or executive or anyone else complicit in this billionaire boys club bullsh*t that will come to an inglorious end.
It is so sad how easily our politicians can be slipped seamlessly into this discussion. I think we all kind of felt the same way about Donna Karan’s comments. Have we stumbled so far backwards to end up back at “well, she was asking for it,” as a viable response? I know DK said her comments were taken out of context but really, I can’t think of a context in which “You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble,” would not bring on a rage-induced migraine. So I’m with Jamie here – are these the seriously questions we are asking in the wake of this atrocity?
For me, Jamie’s post nails it particularly with the line, “What I simply asked for was a job, and what came with it was sexual harassment.” I don’t really have a follow up to that, it says everything in that sentence. And she was supposed to be one of the protected ones, heirs to the established Hollywood elite like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. It’s time to topple Rome. The entitlement these SOB’s had to think they were owed anything because they held the jobs. And I don’t doubt for a minute that every single one convinced themselves they were owed the minute that poor actress walked in the door. And it’s been going on forever, as confirmed by legendary actress and Dick Van Dyke Show star Rose Marie:
I’ve worked since I was 3, Im 94. W/ Weinstein, finally women are speaking up to power. I have suffered my whole life for that. Dont stop https://t.co/sad20SYn2V
— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) October 11, 2017
Jamie with Helen Reddy, whom she quotes in her op-ed
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