In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations, many men and women have come forward to condemn his behavior or offer up on-the-record accounts of their personal interactions with the man. Because nearly everyone in Hollywood has crossed paths with the now-disgraced studio exec at some point in their career, it’s very telling who is and who isn’t speaking out.
“I want to add my voice of support for the women who have had the courage to speak out against Harvey Weinstein,” Gosling wrote on Twitter earlier today.
“Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I’m deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse,” the actor wrote. “He is emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is a real accountability and change.”
It seemed as if there were many in Hollywood who had no idea of Weinstein’s behavior and others who were acutely aware of what he was doing, that it was this “open secret.” It’s hard to fathom this disconnect when 30 Rock, Seth MacFarlane, and countless blind items over the years made reference to his inexcusable behavior. Regardless, all that matters is those who weren’t aware, are now, and they are speaking up.
Since the allegations and explosive New York Times article came out, many other women like Cara Delevingne, Léa Seydoux, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward with their own accounts of abuse. Our hope moving forward is that men like Weinstein are held accountable and women are empowered to speak out. Thankfully, Weinstein’s victims now have most of Hollywood on their side.