Haven’t we given this prick enough of our attention?
According to recent reports, a movie about the Harvey Weinstein’s perversions is officially in the works. But rather than focus on the crimes committed and the victims, the story will follow the New York Times journalists who broke the story.
This is disturbing on so many levels. While I’m glad that Weinstein’s crimes are finally in print, his reputation as a sexual predator was far from a secret.
For years, journalists tried to publish the story only to be shut down by media companies and editors. Media conglomerates like NBC kept the story hidden for years because they profited from Weinstein.
The New York Times story exhibited fine journalism but the fact that the story was even published at all was a consequence of good timing and a bit of luck. The New York Times capitalized on the #MeToo movement, publishing the story at the height of the protests. And the fact that the journalists had editors willing to publish their work was absolute luck.
Like I mentioned earlier, numerous journalists tried again and again to bring Weinstein to justice and have since made their attempts known
Ronan Farrow notoriously worked on the Weinstein story for months before NBC shut it down and asked him to kill the story. They have never given a statement on the incident.
And back in 2004, journalist Sharon Waxman worked on a story for the New York Times (yes, you read that right). She traveled the world to document women’s accounts of their experiences with Weinstein. But the story was never published. Because of pressure from Hollywood elites like Matt Damon and Russell Crowe, the NYT refused to publish it. They even took a meeting with Weinstein himself, who, at the time, was a big advertiser for the newspaper.
So to see a movie being made about these two journalists in particular as if they are some kind of heroes is simply misguided. It’s great that they were finally able to get it published, but like I said, timing had a lot to do with it.
I would much rather watch a documentary focusing on the victims, something we rarely do during a scandal like this. The media constantly focuses on the predator, whether it’s Harvey Weinstein, Casey Affleck, Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby, or Ed Westwick.
But we end up spending little time on the survivors, who must endure the pain for the rest of their lives. When will their stories get told?
It’s time we stop giving attention to the Weinsteins of the world, stop turning journalists into heroes, and finally turn our attention to the real heroes: the women who were brave enough to come forward, who risked everything to get justice, and who continue to stand up for every other survivor.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.