Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Full Polanski

I don't think he's coming back:
Harvey Weinstein is boarding a private jet Tuesday night, bound for a rehab center in Europe for sex addiction ... sources connected with the former mogul tell TMZ.

We're told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We're told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues.
Extradition may not be one of the behavioral issues in question, but it wouldn't surprise me. If half of the reporting about ol' Harvey is accurate, he really ought to be in jail. But I suspect he'll be hanging with Roman Polanski instead.

Of course, other people see the bigger picture:

Bet he doesn't even have UCare

Hollywood-style debauchery is a very old story. The sensational trials of Fatty Arbuckle are almost a century in the rearview mirror now. I recently read a book about the still-unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor, essentially from the same era, which goes into detail about the murder, the various stars and hangers-on around the case, and the studio executives who saw the dangers the moral scolds provided to their nascent industry. What happened in 1922 isn't terribly different than what's been going on in the Weinstein cases.

I don't care about that world; I'm not part of it and never wanted to be. Nor do I have any brief for moral scolds. Watching Weinstein get his comeuppance is pure schadenfreude. And for me, it's less about Weinstein than it is about his dwindling supply of defenders, who were all too ready to give Weinstein a pass on his behavior as long as he made successful movies and kept the political donations coming. All that is over now. Now all that's left for Weinstein is the inevitable:


Bike Bubba said...

It could get even more entertaining if some of Weinstein's other victims clue in that most of Hollywood knew he was a chazzer, but didn't speak up at the time. Could be some really interesting lawsuits.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Weinstein can't be the only abuser in the system. Terry Crews went public yesterday about being groped by an industry exec, and there have long been tales whispered of what John Travolta went through on his way to becoming a star.

Weinstein's case is perhaps an example of a cultural shift, but I'm not going to believe that has happened until at least one more mogul is taken down for the same thing.

Even better will be when they are frog-marched out of their office and into the police wagon instead of trotting down the jet-way to their first-class seats that take them out of the country.

Gino said...

hid actions have been legend for years. i wonder who he finally pissed off this time.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Of course, anyone speaking up now has to first check his/her own past actions. Ben Affleck spoke out against Weinstein in strong terms, and now is apologizing after he was reminded of the time he grope an MTV TRL host during an interview.

Bike Bubba said...

On the light side, this may explain why all those celebrities didn't actually move to Canada. Our neighbors to the north did background checks and figured out it wasn't worth the risk if they moved there.

I half wonder if Weinstein's comeuppance came because he's fat and ugly, and his movies aren't doing as well as they used to. Cynical me.