There are so many clues about Hollywood’s awareness of Harvey Weinstein, we should compile a list (see Dear Hollywood: Your Reaction to Weinstein Proves You’re Disgusting, Amoral Hypocrites… and Does this ’30 Rock’ Video Prove Hollywood Know About Harvey Weinstein?). Disturbingly, few people actually did anything about Weinstein. Other than cover up for him.
Well now we have this joke Seth MacFarlane told in 2013:
Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.
Much like with 30 Rock, this is a specific joke. Only in this case, MacFarlane admits he knew what was going on. Which is why he told the joke.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 11, 2017
Ok, so telling a joke once four years ago is hardly a badge of courage. Slow your roll, Seth. Granted, if the friend confided in him it probably included him promising not to say or do anything, so you can’t fault MacFarlane for honoring a friend’s wishes. Per say.
To the people slamming Seth for not "doing" anything, please STOP! He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way. https://t.co/0mlKILP1Gi
— Jessica Barth (@_jessicabarth_) October 11, 2017
But telling a joke about a known sexual harasser, then four years later saying “See, see! I DID something about it, I told a joke! And it comes from anger!” rings hollow. But it certainly goes to evidence as to why so many young women, who were not A-listers at the time of their harassment, said nothing. Look at what’s done to Weinstein as retaliation: a joke. That’s how afraid everyone was of angering Weinstein.
People need to start naming names. Not just random writers, or background actors either. A-listers, who most likely knew first hand what Weinstein did. Stop leaving it to victims, who have to risk everything, to speak out.
Established stars need to start outing people. Now.