When word of pervert Harvey Weinstein's multiple sexual assaults hit the press, it opened the floodgate. Hollywood executives, TV personalities, politicians, and journalists alike were outed in the headlines. Every day brought a new accusation, a new victim, and a new story revealing the horrors of men being sexually inappropriate and women being complicit. But that was October 2017.
On Monday, 300 women, including actresses, agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives, announced they have formed an initiative to fight sexual harassment in Hollywood. They launched the initiative under the banner “Time’s Up,” and are encouraging young, millennial women to join the fight. Additionally, they plan to fight harassment in blue-collar workplaces.
“The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it,” the campaign’s website states. Participants include household names like Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Kerry Washington, and Emma Stone. Hollywood has even pledged $13 million in legal funds for victims.
It’s time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all. Sign the #TIMESUP solidarity letter and donate to the #TIMESUP Legal Defense Fund right here: https://t.co/GNhkSnWIDb pic.twitter.com/a5oi2Sbaam— TIME'S UP (@timesupnw) January 1, 2018
This isn’t the first time Hollywood has become involved in a political cause. They’re expert fundraisers who’ve raised millions for the political campaigns of perpetrators of sexual harassment — many more millions than the $13 million offered to victims.
Let's just compare.
In 2016, women in Hollywood jumped behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hillary, as we know, remained married to former President Bill Clinton, despite serial accusations of sexual assault and alleged rape. Even Bill’s consensual affair with Monica Lewinsky exploited a power dynamic (boss to intern) that even the Time’s Up crew should agree set a negative precedent for all young women.
The Clinton campaign also had a shockingly close connection to now-convicted sexual predator Anthony Weiner who infamously is known for sexting a teenage girl. Hillary also defended a child rapist when she worked as an attorney. One must ask: Were the women of Hollywood not concerned about the used and abused young women damaged by the Clintons?
If they were, they hid it pretty well when they raised over $46 million for Hillary while Katy Perry belted out feminist anthems in her honor.
Even Al Franken, whose comedy routines should have offended liberal feminists years ago, got a bigger check from Hollywood than the Time’s Up fund. Sen. Franken, D-Minn., was forced to announce a planned resignation following the release of photo evidence of his sexual misconduct, but he still took $19 million in Hollywood cash to the bank in 2014.
Ted Kennedy was no stranger to a Los Angeles fundraiser. He let a woman die slowly at the bottom of a lake, but his campaign accounts were kept in the black for years by celebrities who later attended his funeral to applaud him as a hero.
Hollywood had no problem funding the campaigns of abusers, and it seems they have nothing left to give victims except a dramatic press release and a self-congratulating social media campaign. Oh, and a measly $13 million (which is at least $2 million short of the $15 to $20 million dollars Time’s Up supporter Reese Witherspoon demanded per film in 2007).
The worst part? They seem to think young women are stupid enough to believe a problem as big as sexual harassment can be solved with a hashtag campaign and a fancy press release.
But they’re wrong.
These debutants are desperate for positive press in the-post Weinstein era because millennial women are seeing the cracks in the self-righteous charade of liberal women in Hollywood. They rehearse outrage while attending fancy dinners for the abusers whose movies they want millennial women to see, morning shows they want us to watch, and perverts they want us to elect to office.
#TimesUp is nothing but a cheap publicity stunt to counter the truth that the women of Hollywood have allowed other women to fall victim of these sharks for years. The Time’s Up women aren’t role models and they’re not looking out for young women. They’re just shallow opportunists who can’t even be bothered to write a check big enough to make this effort look real.
Disappointed? Well, #MeToo.
Corinne Clark (@corinnec) is a Republican communications strategist from Reno, Nevada who works with a number of congressional, senatorial, and gubernatorial races throughout the country.