On Feb. 28, 2016, the entertainment industry gave the Oscar for best picture to “Spotlight,” a fictionalized version of The Boston Globe’s reporting of sexual abuse and its cover-up within the Catholic Church in Boston. The self-congratulation looks amazing now, after the exposure of decades of alleged harassment, and perhaps even rape, by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.
“This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican,” said “Spotlight” producer Michael Sugar. “Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”
We can guess no one will make a movie about the decades of harassment by Weinstein and Hollywood’s cover-up. And, certainly, no one would win an Oscar for it. No Holy Father in Tinseltown has moral authority. Feminist superstars like Meryl Streep professed they hadn’t the slightest idea of what their friend Harvey was doing … which makes them either profoundly cynical or amazingly clueless.
A far more believable response came from French actress Lea Seydoux, who wrote in the Guardian that she was groped by Weinstein. She said: “Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and …
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