I was curious to hear what Real Time with Bill Maher had to say about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, mainly because Maher has never been afraid to call out his own party (see Bill Maher Slams Democrats as the ‘Party Pooper’ Party and Bill Maher Gets It: Worried About the Rising War Against Free Speech).
While there was some talk about how people knew but didn’t say anything, they somehow managed to blame Donald Trump.
Sublimated anger toward Donald Trump is contributing to the “feeding frenzy” around Harvey Weinstein, former Hollywood Reporter editor Janice Min said on tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Pointing out the recent one-year anniversary of Trump’s notorious Access Hollywood recording, Min suggested that Weinstein presents a “possible, tangible crime and punishment” opportunity that Trump dodged.
Maher too drew comparisons between Weinstein and Trump. “I’ve heard conservatives say it took a village to help Harvey Weinstein. It also took a village to elect the other sex predator.”
The monologue was even worse, somehow making the comparison to Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting half of Hollywood to Donald Trump having an awkward conversation.
“On Monday, Trump called the pregnant widow of a dead American soldier to console her and ended up pouring salt in the wound and feuding with her all week. I mean, if you could take a week where it was revealed that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted every single female in show business and still be the worst fat, gross creep, that’s pretty good.”
Donald Trump – who was at the time of the “p*ssy” comment was a NYC liberal in the entertainment industry making them a lot of money – IS NOT the same as Harvey Weinstein. Who raped, assault, harassed, and terrorized actresses FOR DECADES. Full stop. End of sentence. Thanks for playing.
And the anger toward Hollywood isn’t fueled by Donald Trump. It’s fueled by a sanctimonious industry that is quick to lecture the rest of us on how we’re supposed to think and act, while turning a blind eye to the actual rape culture they’re responsible for. Read Dear Hollywood: Your Reaction to Weinstein Proves You’re Disgusting, Amoral Hypocrites.
This desperate attempt to tie Trump’s words to Weinstein’s actions seems demonstrative. It’s indicative that they know Hollywood has an actual problem. So they’re trying to divert attention to Trump’s comments on a bus.
It’s not working. Because it’s not the same. Not even close.