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Sean Astin Weighs in: "I Believe Corey Feldman..."
The Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey scandals have embolded Corey Feldman to speak out against rampant pedophilia in Hollywood (see Corey Feldman Plans to Blow the Whistle on Hollywood Pedophiles and Elijah Wood Comes Forward. Outs Liberal Hollywood for Long Supporting Pedophiles). Now his former Goonies co-star, Sean Astin, has his back.
The allegations are more serious than my choice of .gif, but I apologize for nothing.
Astin spoke to the NY Post recently:
“Hopefully, this doesn’t play out as a personal tabloid story. The fact is, real people all over the country are starting to have a conversation, and it can be very distracting if it distills down into some kind of typical [story].”
“Corey Feldman communicated to me at some point, what some of his experiences were. I remember aching for him . . . Victims of sexual assault are speaking. Their bravery and willingness to subject their lives to scrutiny, of the most painful kind, should be supported . . . It is time for abusers to be stopped.”
The actor did bring up one concern.
“My only concern is [it] won’t actually develop into the complex conversation that needs to happen. And if it doesn’t, and it becomes about quickly pointing fingers and making accusations and the obvious stuff, I think it will be a missed opportunity.”
It's a valid concern. These allegations have been an open secret in the entertainment industry for decades. However, it's easy to slip into "I SAW GOODY PROCTOR TOUCH COREY HAIM'S WEE WEE." Especially when people on social media condemn first and ask questions later. Corey Feldman going on shows like Dr. Oz doesn't tone down the tabloid attention feel of this. Nor does the gofundme.com plea for more cash.
But if Feldman's crusade, however cheap it may feel at times, leads to the people abusing kids getting caught? Worth it. Especially if it casts a light on abuse in the general population.