October 24, 2017

Harvey Weinstein “a symptom of THIS larger Hollywood problem”

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is a horrifying story.

Is this the end of the nightmare for many actresses and actors, or is this awful man a symptom of a larger problem that has been plaguing Hollywood for years?

From my perspective as an actor, I talk about the dark side of the City of Angels, and what can be done to prevent this kind of abuse from happening again. 

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commented 2017-10-27 17:57:17 -0400
Money is the root of all evil!
commented 2017-10-27 17:41:10 -0400
Remember the “good old days” when pompous progressive pundits and politicians castigated the “sexist” right wingers? The moral superiority of the Left was presented as the benchmark for proper respect for women, and for women’s rights. Ahh, those were the days.

While sexual abuse of women certainly is not limited to any one political party or philosophical persuasion, it’s now become apparent that liberal Hollywood is the epicenter for the abuse and rape of women.

And not just Hollywood. Some liberal newspaper and magazine publishers are now also under fire for widespread abuse of their positions of power over women.

The most important aspect of the Hollywood “couch casting” is NOT just the abuse, disgusting though it is. The IMPORTANT aspect is the universal COVER-UP that has gone on for decades by all in the industry. Prominent male Hollywood actors (the “tough guys”) have known about this routine abuse of women for many years, and yet none stepped forward to expose this continuing mistreatment (up to and including the rape) of women.

Sic transit Hollywood’s self-proclaimed “moral superiority.”
commented 2017-10-26 23:07:51 -0400
Good job Ben.
Looking forward to upcoming episodes.
commented 2017-10-25 19:48:41 -0400
You guys are all just looking at the symptoms.!! … Find the root of the problem
commented 2017-10-25 18:26:19 -0400
Paul McCullough you got that right , they turn on each other so fast it is quite hilarious.
commented 2017-10-25 14:08:24 -0400
Paul McCullough, so true!
commented 2017-10-25 13:39:50 -0400
- Harvey Weinstein is being sacrificed in order to protect the rest of the Hollywood perverts & pedophiles. With these values is it any wonder that so many of them are rabid Democrats?
commented 2017-10-25 03:37:57 -0400
Of two minds.com
Article written by Charles Hugh Smith

If integrity means more than any of these baubles, then prepare to fail

The theme this week is The Rot Within.
The sordid story of Harvey Weinstein is being presented as an aberration. It is not an aberration; it is merely a high-profile example of how the status quo functions in the USA, a.k.a. The United States of Weinstein, in which complicity, greed and corruption reign supreme in every sector and in every nook and cranny of power.

The dirty secret of America’s status quo is that power and wealth are both extremely concentrated, which means there are gatekeepers who must be bribed, sated or serviced if you want to claw your way up the wealth-power pyramid. Mr. Weinstein’s alleged conduct and payoffs of those he exploited is par for the course in the corridors of power in the USA.
As a gatekeeper in Hollywood, Mr. W. could make or break careers with absurd ease.
Gatekeepers are the key functionaries in a rentier economy in which the few at the top skim the wealth of the many. Want to play in the big leagues of Hollywood, Washington D.C., the Pentagon, or the various HQs of Global Corporate America? You have to pay the Gatekeepers what they demand.
It might be the casting couch or a slice of the profits, or a vote in committee, but the price of admission will always include complicity—silence about the crimes committed and the endemic corruption, and a sacrifice of moral standards. This is the minimal price of “success” in the elite circles of wealth and power in America.
If you doubt this, dig deep into any concentration of power in America and see what you find. Outsiders won’t find anyone willing to talk, of course; that’s how complicity works.
The overheated engine of complicity is greed. Hollywood kept quiet about Mr. Weinstein because insiders and wannabes alike hoped to score a plum role in Mr. W.‘s next hitmaking production, or secure a couple of points of the gross. (1 point = 1%.)
This is the evil fruit of a system that ruthlessly concentrates power and wealth, not just in Hollywood and Washington D.C. but in the judiciary, in higher education, in Big Pharma, the National Security State, Corporate America and yes, the Deep State, which is comprised not of the bureaucratic functionaries (sorry to pop your balloon) of the state but those one level above the gatekeepers.
Every American has a simple but profound choice. Either place your integrity above all else, and refuse to climb the putrid pyramid of wealth and power, or succumb to greed and become complicit in an empire of greed, complicity and corruption.
If “success” means a fat salary, points of gross, invitations to A-list parties, access to the inner circle, being the right-hand boy/girl of someone powerful, a seat on the private jet, etc., then you will be required to service the gatekeepers and sacrifice whatever integrity you once possessed.
If integrity means more than any of these baubles, then prepare to fail. You won’t clamber up the putrid pyramid, you won’t get past the gatekeepers, and you won’t be invited to join the elite skimming the nation’s wealth for its own gratification and greed.
But you will still have yourself, your pride, and your integrity.
It’s not an easy choice. Choose wisely. As Orwell observed about a totalitarian oligarchy, some are more equal than others. But the sacrifices required to become more equal than than the bottom 99.5% are irrevocable—you will have to sacrifice everything but your greed, your appetite for corruption and your willingness to hide the truth from the outside world.
True success lies outside the empire of greed, complicity and corruption.
commented 2017-10-24 22:23:13 -0400
Liza said “The recent events with this particular perv, will at least slow things down a bit. One would hope.”

It won’t even do a thing to slow it down… what will happen is it will just get more perverse and exclusive while going deeper underground to a more “knowing the rules” list of players both male and female.. with the amount of money power and lifestyle that Hollywood can offer there will always be a list of participants that would gladly throw their dignity in the same pile as their clothing to advance their Hollywood career.. now the hopefuls will know the rules and everything is once again quiet on the surface well the underside begins its slow cancerous rot once again.!! Nothing ever changes around power and money on those who are drawn to it.
commented 2017-10-24 22:17:17 -0400
Hollywood’s values and ethical code, “Do whatever feels right to you” sounds a lot like Aleister Crowley’s mantra “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”:
commented 2017-10-24 21:38:54 -0400
Speaking of perv’s, jimmy jack frank which ever gender, why am I not surprised to see you here. Have you changed your pervy ways?
commented 2017-10-24 21:36:10 -0400
The recent events with this particular perv, will at least slow things down a bit. One would hope.
commented 2017-10-24 19:38:03 -0400
Thank you, Ben Davies, for saying what needed to be said.
commented 2017-10-24 18:38:26 -0400
Fasten your seatbelts, we’re in for a bumpy night.. Perhaps Bette Davis was referring to the casting couches in her role as actress Margot Channing in All About Eve.
These sexcapades have been the modus operandi of Hollywood since the beginning. Hard to change something this inate.
commented 2017-10-24 18:21:23 -0400
Hollywood needs more Kirk Cameron Jesus movies.
commented 2017-10-24 18:13:03 -0400
Great report Ben Davies!