So I actually wrote more in between the Weinstein story breaking in the the Times and the New Yorker and Alyssa Milano’s first #MeToo tweet on October 15th. But it’s juicy and I’m saving that juice for just the right moment.
Till then, let us jump ahead to when I first heard that this ‘me too’ idea I’d floated in a comment to Lena Dunham’s piece on Oct 10th had turned into the #MeToo firestorm on the 15th.
I can’t be absolutely certain but I am fairly sure I first heard about it all on the New York Times website, reading the October 16 article by Jim Rutenberg, Rachel Abrams, and Melena Ryzik entitled Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood, telling of, among other things, the explosion that #MeToo was still growing into.
A week ago, in the comments section of the Lena Dunham piece published in this paper called Harvey Weinstein and the Silence of the Men, I wrote this:
jammer los angeles October 10, 2017 “Here’s what really needs to happen now. Every woman who has ever been presented with a career/sex quid pro quo in the entertainment industry should come forward and simply say, “Me, too.”
Whether it was my comment a week ago or, as this piece today suggests, Alyssa Milano’s tweet that inspired the #metoo hashtag is relatively unimportant. But if it was me, then I want to emphasize my concern that the focus should remain on Hollywood and the unique environment in which Harvey Weinstein was able to carry on for decades preying on the hopes and dreams of aspiring actresses and models as an open and often humorously downplayed secret.
Any and every woman who has endured sexual harassment of any kind should have a right to voice their own ‘me too’ at this moment.
But the focus must remain on Hollywood. For nowhere on earth is there a place where every year wave upon wave of young hopefuls come crashing against a system of sexual predation manned by those who use their entrenched power over everyone’s career in the business to prey upon so many young women.
Hollywood has for too long operated far beyond the reach of laws protecting women against sexual misconduct and the result is as predictable as human nature itself. But it will never stop if attention is diverted elsewhere.
I’m going to leave it there for today except to add an obvious point. I no longer feel that it is relatively unimportant what or who exactly inspired #MeToo. 😉