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Meryl Streep Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein

Meryl Streep Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein

Meryl Streep once called Harvey Weinstein a “god” in her 2012 Golden Globes acceptance speech, and now she’s speaking out about the disgraced Hollywood producer after decades worth of allegations surrounding sexual harassment have come to light.

The 68-year-old actress has worked alongside Harvey in recent films including August: Osage County and The Iron Lady, for which she won an Oscar.

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes,” Meryl said in a statement.

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“One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it,” she continued.

“The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game,” she concluded (via Huffington Post).

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  • Utope

    Yeah right she didn’t know. No offence but there have been rumours about him for years. Many of the celebrities he championed chose to put their head in the sand.

  • Sansa Squad

    “Rumors” and a reputation for being sleazy do not a serial sexual predator make. It’s a little bit of a reach to assume they all knew the severity of his behavior

  • Utope

    I’m not saying she knew about the severity of his behaviour, but he was known for acting inappropriately with women. I do not buy the whole “I didn’t know” shtick. Maybe they didn’t know how bad it was, I will give you that, but they knew something wasn’t right.

  • Jamie

    I really admire her and think she is an amazing actress, so I’m hoping she didn’t actually know. I don’t want to believe that she knew and chose to work with him anyway.

  • Sansa Squad

    Maybe so, but knowing the extent is what prompts the public outcry (instead of whispering about it privately)… I agree something should’ve been done long ago, but that’s on the consciences of the men (including his brother) who worked closely w him at TWC and actually had the power to stop it.

  • Sansa Squad

    Meryl with that Monday morning PR drop… From a publicity standpoint, this timing/execution is a huge middle finger to Harvey, so good for her. Here’s hoping everyone else follows suit.

  • FerCat

    She’s well established and had nothing to lose if she spoke out.
    Again when it’s one of their own, the response is muted.
    James Woods being an asshole gets for rage.

  • gradybridges

    She knew and didn’t care-Meryl also supports Roman Polanski

  • gradybridges

    She also supports Roman Polanski so

  • Jamie

    Really? I didn’t know that.

  • gradybridges

    She gave him a standing O when he won his Oscar and when Roman was detained a few years ago Shen said it was a shame. It’s in YouTube

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 eternalfratboy

    Look, Men are scum and Women aren’t angels either…. Hollywood is a different beast… look at Corey Haim and the sexual abuse he had to endure… It’s not just Women it’s just the idea of power and taking advantage of that power!!! It doesn’t matter whom… Sexual Abuse is never going anywhere… Women and Men are both victims!!!

  • meme

    STFU Meryl you hypocrite. Everyone in Hollywood knew that he was a sexual predator and ignored it because he was hugely successfully. And YOU called him a GOD and YOU didn’t speak out until he was fired. Hollywood is nothing but self-important egomaniac liberal morons.

  • meme

    of course she knew. everyone in Hollywood knew.

  • Sansa Squad

    And she was wrong for that, but this is a separate situation. Shoehorning a false narrative where it doesn’t exist isn’t helping anyone, least of all the victims she’s supporting.

  • Sansa Squad

    Hindsight is 20/20, and I think it’s pretty comical that people who work nowhere near the industry deign to pretend they know what “everyone in Hollywood knew” – I don’t think anyone realized it was quite this severe or pervasive, especially the specifically sexual nature of it (and if they did know they certainly weren’t powerful enough to take him down… as powerful as say, The New York Times)

  • meme

    Oh .please. There has been rumours about Weinstein for years. He was too powerful back then so everyone ignored it. You choose to believe those Hollywood phonies who pretend they knew NOTHING, you go right ahead.

  • Sansa Squad

    It’s not as black and white as knowing “nothing” and knowing EVERYTHING. It’s the specifics and the severity that have people shook and speaking out. It definitely should’ve been addressed long ago, but it clearly needed to be done RIGHT to be effective. (I’d compare it to something like Spotlight – yes, many people knew, to an extent, that abuse went on, but the abuser had enough power to bury the “rumors” through payoffs and intimidation. Only with a meticulous exposure of evidence, including victims brave enough to go on the record, by a respected news organization does it get enough credibility to grab the general public’s attention.)

  • Sansa Squad

    And fwiw, I don’t disagree that plenty of people did know and stayed silent (whether out of fear or loyalty – though judging by the radio silence now loyalty didn’t have much to do with it) but I think placing blame on women like Meryl isn’t exactly fair when men like his fellow execs at TWC were the ones with the actual power to stop it, ya know?

  • rosaryblue

    Sorry Meryl. Too little too late. You showed your colors. You waited almost a week to respond to this! It’s obvious you were waiting to see if it would blow over. You are so poltiically active but only for the right causes. Sexual assault on women in Hollywood doesn’t seem to be something you care about. And guess what. The whole world knew Harvey Weinstein was sleazy and none of us believe that you never knew!! Your fake outrage is meaningless at this point you have lost all credibility.

  • rosaryblue

    at least James Woods has the brass to speak out. I give him credit for that, can’t be easy to stand up to Hollywood.

  • tom

    Meryl the HYPOCRITE

  • Sansa Squad

    Literal LOL @ the idea of JAMES WOODS “standing up and speaking out” against immorality in Hollywood. That monster “speaks out” to excuse his own (well-documented) predatory behavior – pointing fingers as if to say, “they all get away with it so why can’t I?” The only real difference between him and Harvey Weinstein is that HW was so good at his job people looked the other way. Woods is a certified creep, but at least he doesn’t get any work – I wish they were all so thoroughly shunned.

  • FerCat

    To be fair, practically everyone in Hollywood still support Polanski.

  • FerCat

    I have a grudging respect for the guy. Not easy to be the odd one out.

  • Sansa Squad

    Meryl waiting until Monday morning (industry PR’s “prime time”) to release her statement is huge. She’s not on social media to weigh in right away, but she easily could’ve released this on Friday through her management. However, Friday is where press releases go to die because they get buried over the weekend, thus the Monday morning drop, which is a statement in itself: she wants people to know where she stands on this.

    You can doubt her sincerity all you want, but the idea that her statement comes “too late” is not only unfounded but doesn’t support your argument at all.

  • Sansa Squad

    What about her voicing her disgust with Weinstein and support for the women who’ve come forward is hypocritical??

  • meme

    Not placing blame solely on women but I don’t believe for one second that this was the best kept secret in Hollywood. Actors, actresses, producers, directors and every one else high up in Hollywood knew about these rumours. They are not idiots. And I’m sure there are some VERY famous actresses who were on Weinstein’s couch.

  • rosaryblue

    Actually it does. She only responded after a bunch of articles were published questioning her silence. It was all over the net. Total hypocrisy. She’s only saying something because she has too. Harvey helped her career a ton. So I guess that’s why she was ok with looking the other way. Who knows what she actually did for him. Used to really love her now I have no respect.

  • rosaryblue

    Not true at all. James Wood does not have 30 years of predatory assault – Harvey DOES. Stop twisting the facts just to suit your politics. Women were mistreated, bullied and assaulted.

  • meme

    It is nothing like Spotlight. He didn’t molest CHILDREN and the Catholic church is an altogether different monster.

  • Sansa Squad

    Yeah, they were. And it’s despicable. But I’m saying James Woods (who has a decades-long history of preying on underage girls in Hollywood – substantiated by COUNTLESS personal accounts, look it up) is not the martyr to rally behind, because he’s disgusting too.

  • Sansa Squad

    As someone who works in industry publicity I am laying out for you why she made her statement when she did. You can believe whatever you want, but you’re spinning a false narrative.

  • Sansa Squad

    No, the specifics obviously aren’t the same – it’s a comparison – but the dynamics, in terms of how the two power structures operated and ultimately got brought down, are similar. The Spotlight thing was obviously larger-scale because it was a systemic issue but my point is that no matter how many people know something bad is happening, it takes a long time and a lot of work to actually put a stop to it when power and money are involved so placing blame on people who knew (and, individually, felt powerless) isn’t really fair or productive because it doesn’t help the victims. What we should all be doing is encouraging people to speak out and speak freely with one another so this doesn’t continue to happen, not shaming them for why they didn’t.

  • martin

    Weinstein’s friend designer Marc Jacobs has been harrassing a young girl named Angel Barta since she was 16. She exposed the truth via her blogspot. Read at styleangelique.blogspot.com

  • SciFiGirl 007

    Weinstein’s wife co-owns Marchesa. Let’s see if Hollywood “Ivanka Trumps” Marchesa brand.. like they did with Ivanka’s clothing line.

  • Sansa Squad

    Thank you for that insightful wisdom, super enlightening. And always very tasteful to use a play on the “r*tard” slur as an insult! Keep up the good work, tom – great stuff.

  • rosaryblue

    I didn’t say anything about him other than that he has brass to speak out. You are adding a LOT to my comment that just isn’t there. You’re also really really really bent on dismissing my opinion. I have the right to it based on what I’ve seen. I can’t believe that if the public at large knew about Harvey Weinstein, then Meryl Streep wouldn’t have had some idea. I’m sure she knew full well what was going on. She may have even been subject to his behavior. No matter what, she let him push her career forward. It’s acquiescence no matter what, even if you turn your head. Sorry that we can’t agree but I believe that not saying anything is as good as doing it yourself.

  • rosaryblue

    spinning a false narrative? What narrative? My opinion? Please. And it’s publicity industry…..

  • Sansa Squad

    No. Industry publicity, as in entertainment industry publicity, as in the publicity division OF this industry, but thanks for assuming you know more about my own profession than me.

  • Sansa Squad

    Holding a woman (even one who looked the other way, which I agree is wrong, assuming that’s true) accountable for a guilty man’s actions just rubs me the wrong way, especially when you’re holding up James f*cking Woods as an example of some righteous crusader against Hollywood corruption even though he is literally one of the sleaziest celebrities (if you can even call him one anymore) out there.
    Fwiw, I think I do agree with most of what you’re saying conceptually, but shoehorning these specific people into a narrative that doesn’t exist as neatly as you’d like it to doesn’t work.
    All that aside, my main point is: James Woods is a piece of garbage and the world deserves to know. If you’re mad people didn’t speak out about Harvey (I get it, I am too), consider this me being proactive and doing my part to spread the word about someone else who doesn’t deserve to have people look the other way. Having “brass” is no reason to overlook someone’s truly vile predatory behavior, just like being a talented producer isn’t a reason either. So in short, James Woods can go to hell and every sexual predator in Hollywood deserves to be as reviled and irrelevant as he is.

  • rosaryblue

    sooooo, you’re a PR person basically just on here shipping for Meryl Streep trying to make it look like she DIDN’T TURN HER HEAD. Maybe she did more than just turn her head, maybe she played along with the whole game. You’re working very hard here, there must be more to the story. Thanks for making me look for it. I have 125K followers on Twitter, I’ll be sure to let them know everything I find. Cheers!

  • rosaryblue

    Ok, so you’re trying to really change the narrative here. I made a one liner about James Woods at least having the brass to stand up to Hollywood. And now you’re writing a thesis about him being a predator. I just gave it a google to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Basically, one person said he tried to pick her up – Amber Tamblyn. YIKES. He tried to pick her up. And btw, that’s an unsubstantiated story. So I’m not dismissing it, but I’m not taking it as TRUTH either. You just outed yourself as a PR person. Which is so shady. PR people are in these comments trying to what – stan for Meryl Streep? Is she really paying people to do professional damage control!! NOTHING SPEAKS MORE HIGHLY OF GUILT THAN THAT.

  • Sansa Squad

    Amber Tamblyn may be the most FAMOUS person who’s spoken up (Katie Aselton from The League did too, btw, and those are just the two I know off the top of my head) but plenty of non-famous women – some of whom I know personally – have a “James Woods story.” I’m simply doing my due diligence as a woman in this industry, spreading the word whenever I can, since we’ll obviously be picked apart for “not saying anything” when he gets formally exposed.

    So yeah, I’m here weighing in on THIS as someone who knows publicity, because people are coming at Meryl (who doesn’t pay me to stan, tyvm, though I’d love her to) for BS reasons after dragging her into this in the first place. First it was that she hadn’t said anything, so her silence made her a hypocrite. Then it was that she was chiming in too late. (Both ridiculous, considering the significance of a Friday afternoon vs. Monday morning press release, which I know BECAUSE of my job.) THEN it was that she was lying about being surprised by the news, so even though she was offering her support for the victims, that wasn’t good enough! And then it was that she’s voiced unfavorable opinions in the past, so it doesn’t even matter what she thinks about this, she’s just a bad person so who cares. She’s being picked apart (over mostly made-up things people are projecting on to her) because she, a woman in the public eye, has dared to open her mouth – with mixed results, I’ll be the first to admit – about issues in the past. It’s exhausting and it’s not fair that people are making this about women’s “hypocrisy” when it’s REALLY about men’s bad behavior. (Which AGAIN, incidentally, brings me around to James Woods.)

  • Sansa Squad

    Cool maybe one of those Twitter followers can teach you the proper use of the word “shipping”

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  • rosaryblue

    I’m not even reading this thesis of a response you are so deranged. Enjoy your PR job cleaning up for Meryl Streep who protected the biggest sexual predator in history. You are on the wrong side of this hun.