In that old Edgar Allen Poe story, the sailor describes how his boat is trapped by the whirlpool and progressively accelerates as it’s drawn deeper and deeper into the maw of the maelstrom. That’s kind of how it feels every day that I see what new atrocity has splatted onto the front page. Weinstein, Damon, Crowe, Affleck, Clooney, Meryl Streep, Mark Halperin, Roy Price, James Toback, Corey Feldman’s claims and now Kevin Spacey. The beat keeps accelerating and the depravity keeps amping higher. Now Rosie O’Donnell is saying “everyone always knew.” And they kept quiet? All those progressive saints let young women and younger boys enter the lion’s den without saying a word or warning them? At this rate it’ll be a full-on Fellini movie with the master of ceremonies played by Jeffrey Epstein. As glad as I am that the boil is being lanced it’s a dizzying display of putridity that seems to be oozing out of Hollywood from every direction. The only question seems to be does it end or just go on forever until there isn’t a single big name shot caller or movie star not implicated in either the depravity or the cover-ups? So, when does the media call out all these phonies and hypocrites on their sanctimony? All the women’s marches and preening at the Oscars about their superior morality? And for pity’s sake when do they get Whoopi Goldberg and Meryl Streep and the rest of the phonies to apologize for their defense of Roman Polansky? Or are “geniuses” given a Hollywood get out of jail free card for rape of children?
At the rate it’s going I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the older, less powerful producers start getting named. And then who knows? Maybe people might even start to believe Mia Farrow’s daughter and get Woody Allen kicked out of Hollywood. That would be something.
Of course, it’s hard to say if Hollywood will actually follow through on some of these banishments. I read that Netflix is cancelling season six of House of Cards. But I think that means they will continue with the 2018 season. Think of that. An accused pedophile is starring in one of the highest rated television dramas. So, will public outrage shut down that set or will money triumph? I guess stay tuned.
And the other thing to remember is that this problem is so wide-spread and so endemic that there are probably actors and directors that you like, that you think are good people who will be implicated. It’s bound to dishearten any cinemaphile.
Well anyway, the show will continue and seems still to be building up a full head of steam. And it’s having a very interesting effect. The Clooney/Damon feature Suburbicon opened up to laughably bad box office numbers. Now granted, Clooney’s directorial (and acting) efforts have been putrid so it could just be audiences trying not to waste money on painfully unentertaining fare. But it could also be people punishing the perps and the enablers. Hollywood just finished a dismal summer and even the super hero and other tentpole blockbusters were duds. Maybe Hollywood is starting to get their comeuppances. The right has stopped going to most of their movies. Perhaps Gen Z doesn’t like their stuff either. If that’s the case, this sex scandal may be the straw that actually does break the camel’s back. And really, it couldn’t happen to a nicer camel.
But as a fun experiment it would be interesting to see if the dissident right can figure out a way to rub Hollywood’s nose in this at Oscar time. Maybe some large display opposite the theater calling out all the phonies and reminding them that they are a cesspool. Maybe a mock awards ceremony called the Harvies. Awards could be given for hypocrisy, greatest number of victims and even some kind of lifetime achievement award for getting away with actual rape for the longest period of time. It could be called the Roman.