Posts Tagged ‘Weinstein’

Of Virtue and Vice

Posted by Troy on 14th November 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature

In light of the multitude of sexual scandals mounting in Hollywood and DC, with more and more no doubt in sight, I think of CS Lewis and his discussion of virtues and sins.  How every sin is merely a perversion of something good that God has given us.  Sex, in particular in this case, being a good between husband and wife.  Or at the very least (not in CS Lewis’ book, but by modern convention) between two willing parties.  In particular, I look at Hollywood.  They are so willing to pass judgement on the rest of us.  They are so willing to decry the plight of women.  Meanwhile, the constantly peddle negative stereotypes for women.  They objectify women.  They frequently portray women as nothing more than sex objects at worst or a hollow love interest, a mere plot device.  Jane Fonda stood up to the entire United States by giving aid and comfort to our enemies…but chickened out when it came to standing up to Harvey Weinstein.  Same thing for Jon Stewart and C.K. Louis.  These people all knew that was going on, and yet they said nothing.  Why?  Simple… cowardice.  In particular, financial cowardice.  They were afraid that they would wind up on a blacklist.  That they wouldn’t get parts.  Far better to sacrifice girl after girl to the casting couch.  What’s sad is these girls went on to be big stars.  And rather than stand up and demand justice, to show what went on, instead they swallowed Hollywood’s line.  They condemned the entire nation for a host of sins that Hollywood declared, meanwhile giving tacit approval to the sick practices that went on and on.  Letting new girls suffer the same disgusting treatment that was inflicted upon them, like some sort of disgusting hazing ritual.  “You can star in a movie, but first you have to have sex with Harvey.”  And why?  For a little bit of money.  Was it vanity that caused them to turn their backs on the side of good?  The desire to be liked being more important than anything else?  Or was it mere greed?  Was it just dollars?  Turning them into pimps and prostitutes, mere actors in a modern day human trafficking drama?

C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of very virtue at the testing point.”  The testing point came to them, and they failed.  They were cowards.

Let’s contrast this to Buddy Ebsen.  During the depression, an office executive told him “Ebsen, in order to give you the parts you deserve, we must own you.”  He replied, “I’ll tell you what kind of fool I am, Mr. Mayer, I can’t be owned.”  He quit.  He turned down a lucrative job just on the principal that he wouldn’t be owned, probably more of a splitting of hairs and wordplay–not as though he would have actually been a slave and been owned by someone.  But the idea of being owned, in any sense, disgusted him to the point that he quit.  He struggled because of this decision.  It would have been far easier for him to just sign the paper, sell himself over to the studio, but he didn’t.  Meanwhile, these Hollywood people, some of them who hold themselves out as feminists, watch as women were abused, harassed, or even raped, and didn’t say a word.  In some cases, these so called feminists were the ones assaulting these women.

Cowards.

Long Live the Constitution.

Feminist Hypocrites

Posted by Troy on 15th October 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature

Jane Fonda came out and said she knew for a year about Harvey Weinstein, but she did think it was her place to tell about it.  Apparently, giving aid and comfort to the Viet-Con is cool, but trying to stop rapes and other sexual misconduct goes too far.  Her ilk are hypocrites.  Given the pervasive nature of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, I hazard to guess that they didn’t say anything because they were afraid of losing their livelihood.  Now that everyone knows Hollywood’s dirty little secret, these faux-feminists are afraid that their brand has become tarnished the the Truth.  Now, suddenly, they are sickened by Harvey Weinstein.  And I am sickened by their hypocrisy.  Now, Harvey Weinstein is offered up as a sacrificial lamb.  Hollywood is denouncing him at a record pace, but they only seek to do so to protect their industry, that business of usual may continue.  For these directors and casting agents and stars want the continued extra-curricular activities.  We should not believe there is any redemption until there is a cleansing.  A night of the long knives.  A culling.  Not just firings, but legal recourse.  People thrown in jail for rape and accessory to rape.  Financial restitution for sexual harassment.  Unless Hollywood turns into a figurative slaughterhouse, I will not believe them.

Long Live the Constitution!