(JTA) – In an interview with The Daily Beast, George Clooney described Harvey Weinstein as a very powerful man with a tendency to hit on young beautiful women over whom he had power. Despite the “rumours” he had heard about Weinstein’s openly predatory behavior, Clooney expressed sincere shock and outrage at the widespread sexual misconduct allegations directed at Weinstein.
Clooney is not alone in this cognitive dissonance. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported that well before articles in the New York Times and the New Yorker quoted dozens of his victims, his colleagues routinely referenced his behaviour in public speeches. Everyone knew that Weinstein abused his power, yet the harm he did to his victims was a well-kept secret. [Read more…]