The opportunity, if not necessarily the deed, of sexual abuse and assault goes way back in history possibly as far back as Adam and Eve. But in modern history the clear superstar of that abomination is without any serious debate Harvey Weinstein — it has been alleged. Over his 30 or so year career as a major movie mogul Weinstein is believed to have sexually molested and or assaulted more than 80 women.
An actual criminal trial is scheduled for this coming September but regardless of that trial Harvey Weinstein has long been condemned in the court of public opinion. As horrific as it most certainly has been for those 80 or so women his pain reaches well beyond. Consider this situation.
Recently my beautiful and talented young daughter, a mere 23-years-old, was invited to meet with one or more movie and/or otherwise entertainment industry men in Amsterdam to discuss a possible collaboration. I am a dad, she is my daughter so I instantly lit up in overwhelming concern to say the very least. She did seem to have it together and she indeed had previously met with one of the men while attending a prestigious university.
Still, the last thing I ever want to be anywhere near my beloved daughter is a hash tag #metoo. So as she set off on the journey I asked that just keep in mind only two words and be prepared to take swift and effective defensive action. Those two words were simply, “Harvey Weinstein.”
Well by all accounts the trip went well and it seems she indeed did form some sort of collaboration and she will soon be heading off to other far away places pursuing her dreams and living a great adventure. But this is but one story of potentially hundreds of thousands especially when it involves the entertainment industry.
Every year tens of thousands of young women come to Hollywood in pursuit of their dreams. Sure they have heard of Harvey Weinstein but hey what the heck that was him and then and this is her and now so everything should be fine, right? Well perhaps but then again perhaps not.
As a lifelong absolutely devout heterosexual male I can say without hesitation that all of us of that persuasion have an undying interest in lovely young women and you will never find a higher concentration of lovely young women than in Hollywood. Indeed, not long after moving to Hollywood in the early 1980’s I quickly learned that if any man wanted to have an abundance of sex all he needed to do was stop by a print shop and get business cards that read: “Name, Casting Director.”
That said it is fortunately true that most men most of the time can and do behave in a respectful manner. The problem is that is not absolutely true all the time. And it gets worse when you consider that, believe it or not, there are also plenty of women in Hollywood who are perfectly ready, willing and able to use sex to “make it” in the movie business. So while sexual misconduct can and does happen pretty much everywhere in our world Hollywood presents a unique chemistry that can and does amplify the problem
But based on all available evidence, when it comes to sexual misconduct Harvey Weinstein is pretty much the undisputed king — it has been alleged. Yet again he is not alone. So beyond the 80 or so victims and their families there is a much greater reach that this problem has brought to light.
Now even caring dad’s like me and millions of others have a far more heightened awareness and concern such that should their daughter, like my daughter, receive an opportunity to explore a potentially great opportunity, but it involves an older man in a far off land, the red lights shine very bright indeed. My personal hash tag for this is #dadscaredwhitless.
Yes I know that most people do behave properly most of the time. Sure. And most folks would never even think of committing murder and yet some do. So the only rational action for all of us dads is to find out as much detail about the men in the proposed deal and caution our daughters to always — always always — remember those two words: “Harvey Weinstein.” And at the very first sign of any level of misconduct be ready, willing and able to run away fast and seek police assistance. That way our daughters can earn that far better hash tag: “OH NO NOT ME.”
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Top photo is a YouTube screenshot of Harvey Weinstein being arrested in New York City
Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published twelve books. His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things including health topics, travel [he has circled the globe several times], adventure, culinary experiences and the world of performing art. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Contact the author.