James Van Der Beek Admits to Being Sexually Harassed by Hollywood Executives
Add James Van Der Beek to the list of Hollywood actors coming clean about the industry's dirty secret. There's a story about chickens returning home and roosting that comes to mind. And I'm going to bypass the Dawson's Creek jokes even though it was my s*** back in the day (I had it bad for Joey Potter). I'll just leave this one video before we get started. The guts of this story are below, so skip the video if you're so inclined.
Also, NSFW disclaimer, etc.
Coincidentally, from a Harvey Weinstein movie.
Ok, let's get back to being serious because the accusations are nothing to joke about. And while it's fun to point out the hypocrisy of sanctimonious celebrities (see FLASHBACK: Before Jimmy Kimmel Lectured America on Ethics, He Asked Women to Grab his Crotch... and Ben Affleck Apologizes for GROPING Actress Hilarie Burton...), that's not this.
Van Der Beek is sharing a story that many, if not most, young actors and actress can sadly relate to.
Some of you are probably rolling your eyes about all of the sudden "bravery" to come out now, and I get that... to an extent. I also think it's never too late to do the right thing. So let's separate our disdain for "Hollywood" from what Van Der Beek talks about happening to him twenty years ago. It's most likely still happening to young actors looking to make their big break now. Try to look at this situation from a 19 or 20 year old person's perspective. Or younger.
That's why, while it's one thing for celebrities to share their experiences in the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein, it's not enough when it still happens on the regular today.
It's time to name names.