We think it’s probably a Good Thing that the casting couch has finally been explicitly criminalized. It always tended that way. Take a look at coercion in the second degree – a class E felony in New York – and tell us what you think. Come to think of it, why wasn’t this also charged in the whole Weinstein thing? Was it?
But – and we’re so defense minded here at LoS that there’s always a “but” – we’re disturbed by at least one aspect of the treatment of Mr. Weinstein: ridiculing his physical characteristics, such as Weinstein being “ugly” and a “monster” and even possessing a “disgusting penis“.
Why disturbed? There have to be limits on just how much scorn and obloquy we can heap upon the designated criminal of the day. The man has been felled from a very high perch, his life ruined and he’s off to prison, because he did terrible things and we agree they were terrible.
But that’s enough. Piling on in the fashion that so many already have is uncivilized. Our collective judgment of his guilt is not a license for cruelty.
And we should not be so easy on ourselves. Who among us has not seen a Miramax film, or any other movie for that matter, without being at least dimly aware that the “industry” producing the films had this sordid side? There have been a lot of Harvey Weinsteins. And to a significant degree that’s on us.
And episode like this should prompt some circumspection, some self-searching, not an orgy of shockingly cruel abuse heaped upon such an easy target.