Friday 17 August 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Even sexual predators play the victim in Hollywood nowadays

Harvey Weinstein is the product of a dishonest culture in which no one takes personal responsibility for their own actions, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Controversy: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, pictured with wife Georgina Chapman, stands accused of sexual harassment against several actresses. Photo: Lovekin/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
Controversy: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, pictured with wife Georgina Chapman, stands accused of sexual harassment against several actresses. Photo: Lovekin/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Eilis O'Hanlon

In medieval times, evil was blamed on literal devils with pointy horns and forked tails. In modern times, it's blamed on metaphorical ones. Whether that's progress or not is a matter of debate.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was typical in that respect, when, faced with multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and assault - as well as three allegations of rape, which he denies - he declared that he needs to "learn more about myself and conquer my demons". Here's a thought experiment. What if Harvey Weinstein is telling the truth?

Not just that he absolutely believes what he says, which is unknowable to anyone but him, but that he's actually right, and that he is in the grip of forces that he neither understands nor can control? Demons, if you will.

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