Our nation is undergoing a fairly monumental transformation in 2017, as a number of high profile monsters are being hunted, incapacitated, and made an example of.
It began in earnest with the accusations against Hollywood mogul and liberal kingmaker Harvey Weinstein, a man who was considered one of the most powerful entities in all of Tinsel Town, and whose list of damning offenses is both disgusting and embarrassing to a nation that prides itself on equality. Weinstein is on the receiving end of sixty plus accusations of sexual harassment, with incidents ranging from inappropriately suggestive speech to pure and unadulterated rape.
Weinstein’s immense power in Hollywood had allowed him to reign terror down upon the women who worked for him for decades undetected. Now, however, the floodgates are open and the ladies of Tinseltown are coming out in droves to bury Hollywood’s longstanding practice of weaponized chauvinism.
This equality awakening in Southern California has led to a deluge of similarly revealing accusations throughout the professional world, especially in high profile cases where the victims may have previously feared coming forward.
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“Veteran journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN and others who did not experience the alleged harassment personally, but were aware of it.
“‘During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,’ Halperin said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night. ‘I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.’MSNBC, where Halperin makes frequent appearances on ‘Morning Joe,’ said early Thursday that Halperin would leave his roles at that network and as an analyst at NBC News.
“‘We find the story and the allegations very troubling,’ MSNBC said in a statement. ‘Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.'”
Halperin and Weinstein are likely just the tip of the iceberg, given the immense pressures and quirks of the entertainment industry.
In both cases, the victims were likely chosen to due their susceptibility to star power and career aspirations; a disgusting and vile profiling of young talent specifically for such heinous behavior. In Halperin’s case, the victims are just now beginning to come forward, leaving many to wonder how much deeper this rabbit hole could go.