While this is far from the most offensive thing about Harvey Weinstein, I’m getting pretty disgusted by just how cliche his perversions really were and are. He’s like a parody of a Hollywood predator, a dinosaur who lacked self-awareness of just how pathetic he really was and is. Cara Delevingne shared a story about Weinstein on her Instagram this week, and this sh-t is like textbook “You Hold Really Outdated and Idiotic Views About Bisexuals.” As I said, the fact that Weinstein was not woke (whatsoever) about bisexuality is not his biggest crime. But his fascination with Cara’s out-and-proud bisexuality just seems so… ‘90s. If you couldn’t tell, I’m trying to focus on something superficial before getting to the really horrifying stuff. Here’s Cara’s story (with only minor edits, like paragraph breaks):
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call….i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.
A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn’t and wouldn’t be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction.
I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out….I didn’t want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
Does it feel like Weinstein specifically targeted Cara because of her bisexuality? To me, it seems like he was turned on (barf) by the idea of getting her to “perform” her sexuality for him. Again, that’s not the most offensive part of this story. The rest of it is just his demented pathology, and the complicity of those people around him. The assistant who manipulated Cara about her car, and then encouraged Cara to go to the hotel room. The assistant who acted as a honeypot inside the hotel room. How many people were involved in Harvey’s rape/harassment/abuse emporium?
Cara also posted this. She’s right. The women who have come forward and continue to come forward are very brave, and have nothing to feel guilty about.
I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is NEVER their fault and not talking about it will always cause more damage than speaking the truth. I am relieved to be able to share this….i actually feel better and I'm proud of the women who are brave enough to speak….this isn't easy but there are strength in our numbers. As I said, this is only the beginning. In every industry and especially in Hollywood, men abuse their power using fear and get away with it. This must stop. The more we talk about it, the less power we give them. I urge you all to talk and to the people who defend these men, you are part of the problem
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