THE ACADEMY’S STATEMENT: DARK HUMOR AT ITS FINEST

harvey weinstein is accused of leaving a decades-long trail of sexual harassment and, possibly, rape – much of which victimized young actresses who needed his support and feared the consequences of turning him down.  His published statement and sudden announced departure to a European sexual rehabilitation center seems a clear admission that the accusations are true.

There is nothing funny about weinstein or what he apparently did.  But sometimes unintentional humor – humor of the darkest kind – comes out of otherwise humorless situations.   Here’s one of them.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a statement regarding weinstein’s behavior.  It contains this paragraph:

“The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” the Academy said Wednesday in a statement. “The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, Oct. 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

The high standards?  THE HIGH STANDARDS?

Look, I understand that the movie industry probably sees this, at least in the short term, as a fight for its life.  But can they possibly believe moviegoers, or anyone else, will buy into this utter BS?

How many sex scandals over how many years have there been in the movie (and TV) industry?  How many years have people openly talked about the “casting couch” – i.e. what sexual favors young actors -female and male both – have had to perform to get roles?  What about former child actor Corey Feldman’s public statement that pedophilia is an ongoing, pervasive part of this industry – that he and other underage actors were sexually abused?

And with sexual abuse rampant in this industry, do you know how many members of the Academy have been tossed out during its 90 year history?  A grand total of 1.  And the reason had nothing to do with sexual abuse.

In other words, never in the history of this “high standards” bunch of phonies has anyone ever paid for their sexual abuses. Not even once.

And don’t expect it to start now.  Because if they expel harvey weinstein from their ranks, you can bet there will be calls for others to be tossed out as well, for doing exactly the same kind of things.  A lot of them.

Then this “high standards”organization will have to explain why its history of looking the other way is every bit as prolific as harvey weinstein’s history of doing what the Academy intentionally refused to see.

One last thing:  do you think Saturday Night Live will do a skit or two on this during Saturday’s show?  Given how hard it is to become part of the SNL cast….just like it is hard to break in and get a good acting role…and what someone might be willing do to for it, maybe asked to do for it…I wouldn’t be surprised if SNL doesn’t touch this one with a ten foot pole.

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