Updated 22nd December 2017
And despite the wishes of many, be it from guilt or simply exasperated interest, that it would have all just gone away and been replaced with something more novel such as some new “deep goevenment” conspiracy on Reddit or a much Liked, viral singing, tongue poking puppy in a cup as online culture demands:
“On Wednesday night, actress and model Bobette Riales tweeted that she was raped by the former That 70s Show star whom she dated in 2003—with the New York Daily News claiming she is the fifth woman to accuse Masterson of sexual misconduct.”
Tweeting to another of those accusing on the internet’s official vox pop news and whistleblowing message board Twitter:
“I stayed quiet long enough. Danny Masterson repeatedly raped me. All I seek is justice to prevent this from ever happening to anyone else as it has for some time. My truth will be heard. I applaud @ChrisseBixler. #metoo #sisters.”
With Bixler responding:
“You are amazing. I’m so proud of you. He will never do this to another human being ever again. He’s a thief in the night, but he overlooks some incredibly valuable things we still possess. Our voice.”
The inspiring “our voice” perhaps confusing some as to whether he’s it’s a “thief in the night” or Pennywise the wicked dancing clown, but perhaps the latter is nearer the truth:
“The actor’s accusers all claim Masterson, 41, violently raped them in the early 2000s. He has been under investigation by the the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office since 2016.”
And losing him his Netflix series The Ranch which was dropped at the start of the month.
Updated 7th January 2018
But the new year brings opportunity for those that allegedly suffered Weinstein’s predatory tyranny:
“Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino is set for a guest role on Modern Family. Annabella Sciorra has just been tapped for a recurring role on GLOW. And Rose McGowan has landed a five-part docu-series on E! titled Citizen Rose. These women share a grim but unifying commonality: all three of them publicly spoke out against Harvey Weinstein last year, making shocking claims of sexual misconduct that encouraged more women to come forward with allegations against the powerful producer….”
But let us hope that is just Hollywood cashing in on the interest and spectacle raised by the scandal and that “unifying commonality”.
Updated 8th January 2018
And with the Golden Globes—a title long suggestive and loaded with innuendo but certainly now no longer to be grabbed or touched—and the solidarity parade of black dresses having arrived:
Exemplar as first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement:
“‘This year, we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry, it’s one that transcends any culture or workplace,’ Winfrey said, before noting that sexual misconduct affects women and men in industries that stretch beyond Hollywood.’”
With “men and women at Sunday’s Golden Globes showed remarkable solidarity in protesting sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood and the world at large” but the use of “we” perhaps questionable unless she too is going to use the #MeToo hashtag for more than “becoming the story” too.
And as “no longer in servitude to traditional media” SJW Belgian Maurice (Page 5) prepares to register vox pop complaint with regards that unappreciated Golden Globes innuendo:
“Seth Meyers opened tonight’s Golden Globes ceremony by acknowledging the elephant in the room: namely, the wave of sexual misconduct scandals that’s turned Hollywood inside out throughout the past few months.”
Greeting the audience with a cheeky “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen!”, being suggested that “it was perhaps the only way a tactful host could have kicked things off, given that even the preceding red carpet was defined by protest, from all-black wardrobes intended to spotlight gender inequality to the presence of social activists like #MeToo founder Tarana Burke”.
But, despite Winfrey’s inspiring speech or presence of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke,Twitter was more obsessed with reality TV stars not being “real” actors with the fact that she was wearing a black Giambattista Valli dress too prompting “so what, what’s that all about then?” in relation to social media’s constant bullying meme making novelty:
“‘Why is Kendall Jenner at the Golden Globes?’ one simply asked. Another shared: ‘The most confusing thing about the Golden Globes tonight is the fact that Kendall Jenner is present and I don’t understand for what reason.’”
With the rotter responsible for getting her there soon identified:
“A third said it was all down to Kris Jenner being a savvy businesswoman: ‘Kendall literally has no reason to be at the #GoldenGlobes yet everyone is talking about her and this outrageous dress. Kris is one hell of a clever businesswoman. ’”
And teeth were bared at rotter being identified, even though the purpose of the Golden Globes Award recognises “excellence in film and television” (Wikipedia), which, like it or not, last I heard the KUWTK reality TV show which momager Kris masterminds and in which Kendall appears, is a very profitable for the industry part, and its not as if she was there accepting an award.
Seemingly saying more about the purpose of social media and the bullying, scapegoating, the identification of social bogey(wo)men, and the trolling of them, of anyone doing better or getting more attention than you being “social” demands.
And back to those who did actually accept an award while displaying “remarkable solidarity”:
“Actress Ally Sheedy, who appeared in Franco’s 2014 off-Broadway play, The Long Shrift, asked several times why Franco was allowed at the Golden Globes. ‘James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business,’ she wrote.”
Insinuated it was rather hypocritical of Franco to wear a “Time’s Up” with his all-black, but then deleting the tweets shortly after. But she wasn’t alone in her distaste:
Sheedy wasn’t alone. Another woman tweeted a story about Franco assaulting her, and others recalled the time he tried to coerce a teenage girl into visiting his hotel room in 2014.
Involving flirtatious messages sent to a then–17-year-old Scottish fan, who attended his performance in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, much reported at the time.
Indeed, making one wonder if things really have changed that much beyond the group-hug and “Time’s Up” badge wearing.
Updated 9th January 2018
Which, along with much backlash being voiced regards James Franco’s win and those allegations against again this morning, others are “slammed” for wanting in on Oprah’s #TimesUp group hug too:
“‘Just saw Oprah’s empowering & inspiring speech at last night’s #GoldenGlobes,’ she said on her father’s favorite social media platform. ‘Let’s all come together, women & men, & say #TimesUp.’”
Which, needless to say, went down as well as one of those cancelled Rump Trump Steaks or having “graduated” from the now defunct and lawsuits settled Trump University.
“Alyssa Milano tweeted, ‘Great! You can make a lofty donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that is available to support your father’s accusers.’ While Insecure actress and writer Natasha Rothwell retweeted Ivanka and said, ‘Your dad’s a predator.’ Not one to mince words, Chrissy Teigan simply said, ‘Ew go away.’”
But, indeed, she and her dad didn’t get into the White House alone, being voted in, and therefore suggesting, as with misogamy in general, the issue is a wider ingrained social one rather than limited to a particular industry. And is not going to go away with a group hug in the TV watching den in society’s house in which all inevitably feel a social need to engage in.
Updated 17th April 2018
And those that started the ball rolling are rewarded:
After their in-depth reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault over decades triggered an avalanche of other accusations against dozens of power players, the New York Times and New Yorker have been jointly awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
The prize going to Jodi Kantor and Meagan Twohey for the New York Times and Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker.
Updated 24th May 2018
On on the day which also saw one of Hollywood’s most stalwart and respected acting names Morgan Freeman apologise after sex harassment claims:
Harvey Weinstein to surrender to police (24th May 2018).
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York police on sexual misconduct charges, US media report.
Update 25th May: Arrested and charged with rape and several counts of sexual abuse from two separate accusers.
Next page: Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, Kevin Spacey charged for sexual assault on a teenager in 2016, Judge dismisses Ashley Judd’s harassment claim again.