..it’s hard to turn it around, especially if it’s a train.
Page Six has an article up reporting that members of the Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which selects the nominees for the coveted Oscar, say they are having second thoughts on how they’ve handled Harvey Weinstein and subsequent cases of sexual impropriety leveled against other members.
“Harvey opened the floodgates,” said one male Academy member. “Now the Academy’s drowning in a tide of s—t. They don’t know what hit them.”
With the Golden Globes becoming a show about the #MeToo movement, as well as a rebuke to President Trump because it’s all about politics now, many in Hollywood are realizing the movement itself may be far more destructive than actually solving the problem.
Under the new rules established by liberal activism, just being accused is enough for you to lose your livelihood and be forced to endure a Game of Thrones style walk of shame. Due Process, while a constitutionally protected right when facing the government (mostly), is not available to the accused. All allegations must be believed.
While AMPAS is trying to develop a process of handling allegations and subsequent punitive actions, the standard has been set and it will be very hard to make cases for different outcomes where exceptions may exist.
I can’t say that I’m sad this is happening, nor am I surprised that more reasonable people are starting to come forward, although I’m not sure they will be heard until it’s too late. The wave of liberal outrage has prevented a more deliberative response that would have both protected the victims as well as give the accused an opportunity to present a defense and perhaps become part of the solution.
I personally believe that if allegations are made against someone, that person should have some form of due process that allows his/her side to be told and to have the facts fully presented. The current atmosphere allows for rampant abuse which could harm innocent people over simple misunderstandings.
Until cooler heads prevail, accusers are still going to want the same justice regardless of the circumstances. Because there were no rules in place, since it appears AMPAS and most of Hollywood spent so much time hiding and accepting the problem in the first place, every alleged victim will demand and expect the baseline punishment as handed to Weinstein to be enforced.
That train is not going to be slowed down anytime soon. Reasonable voices have a much higher obstacle thanks mostly to the allegations facing Weinstein. From my perspective, I’m good with letting them burn it to the ground if only to help them learn why their politics are so bad.