Both Republicans and Democrats have been wondering
if when Barack and Michelle Obama were going to speak up on the sexual harrassment scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, considering he’s a big donor to the Democrat Party. Michelle has said Harvey was a wonderful guy in the past.
Finally, after nearly a week, the Obamas released a statement saying they’re “disgusted” by Harvey’s actions against women, which now includes being accused of rape.
Here’s the statement in full:
NEW: Pres Obama & Michelle Obama say they're "disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein." pic.twitter.com/9h4RnbegtB
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 10, 2017
Notice something off with the first sentence?
Disgusted by the reports or the actual behavior?
— JDubbs (@dubbs0624) October 10, 2017
What’s crazier is that even CNN – a far left network that celebrated the Obamas’ every move during his eight years in office – wasn’t pleased by the late response, per Gateway Pundit:
“Where are the Obamas? Where is Michelle Obama? Where is President Obama?” Dana Bash asked.
“I mean, he–Harvey Weinstein was a, and probably still is a big supporter of them and certainly of their, of the president’s political efforts. And just let’s just pretend that the shoe was on the other foot and this was a Republican, somebody who is in Hollywood, who is a Republican who is alleged to have done these things and gave to Republican Presidents–can you imagine the outrage if they weren’t condemning this behavior? I mean, it makes no sense at all that they are not coming out and saying something. Nevermind the question of of the donations,” Bash added.
Bless their hearts….. https://t.co/lDNZsycxrW
— Charles Coates (@coatescj88) October 10, 2017
Days later……. https://t.co/lqPzUgUiyh
— Ig (@Ig_Bricker) October 10, 2017
Harvey was recently let go from The Weinstein Company, per NPR:
Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the Weinstein Company, according to the company’s board.
TWC’s board of representatives announced Sunday:
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”
More on Harvey, via New Yorker:
Since the establishment of the first studios a century ago, there have been few movie executives as dominant, or as domineering, as Harvey Weinstein. As the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company, he helped to reinvent the model for independent films, with movies such as “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Crying Game,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “The King’s Speech.” Beyond Hollywood, he has exercised his influence as a prolific fund-raiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Weinstein combined a keen eye for promising scripts, directors, and actors with a bullying, even threatening, style of doing business, inspiring both fear and gratitude. His movies have earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations, and, at the annual awards ceremonies, he has been thanked more than almost anyone else in movie history, just after Steven Spielberg and right before God.
For more than twenty years, Weinstein has also been trailed by rumors of sexual harassment and assault. This has been an open secret to many in Hollywood and beyond, but previous attempts by many publications, including The New Yorker, to investigate and publish the story over the years fell short of the demands of journalistic evidence. Too few people were willing to speak, much less allow a reporter to use their names, and Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, monetary payoffs, and legal threats to suppress these myriad stories. Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told me that she did not speak out until now––Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”