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Hollywood and Fake Virtue in the Post-Weinstein Era

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Mercifully, the Golden Globes have come and gone.

And it was perhaps the most ostentatious display of self-righteousness, hypocrisy, dishonesty, and moral cowardice that our generation has supplied to date. At a time when moral exhibitionism has become as common as the air that we breathe, particularly in Hollywood, this is really saying something.

If the cheap virtue that is especially prevalent in the den of iniquity that is Tinsel Town was ever in doubt, Sunday night's program, which featured attendees clad in black, should have dispelled it once and forever.

The black attire designed to symbolize Hollywood's awareness of the sexual scandals of the Harvey Weinstein era was but the latest example of the moral symbolism for which Hollywood celebrities are infamous.  The black suits and dresses are the moral equivalent of a hashtag, like the silly, useless, substance-less hashtag that Michelle Obama fired off some years back in response to Boko Haram's abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls.

Let's be clear: These same fakes and frauds, like Oprah Winfrey, who are now waxing indignant about female victimization and male oppression share in the culpability of Harvey Weinstein and others who utilized the casting couch.

They are Harvey.

I recall my father telling me when I was an adolescent that if I laid down with dogs, I was bound to get fleas. Some variation or other of this pearl of wisdom has been around for ages.  Goethe said: "Tell me with whom thou art found, and I will tell thee who thou art." John Ruskin made essentially the same point: "Tell me what you like, and I'll tell you what you are."

Weinstein was a Hollywood powerhouse, a mover and shaker, a maker and breaker of careers. To everyone in the know his sexual exploits were all but self-evident.  Oprah, Meryl Streep, and everyone who is anyone in the entertainment industry not only said nothing; they ran cover for Harvey by lavishing praise upon him.

Not one person in that room at the Golden Globes or anywhere in Harvey's orbit is a hero. Not a one.  Their readiness to befriend, work with, reward, and otherwise treat Harvey as "God," as the queen fraud, Meryl Streep, not all that long ago referred to him, renders them nothing more or less than Weinstein's accomplices, his colluders.

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