Yesterday, it was reported that Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson was warned by Harvey Weinstein to not hire Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino for the film series because according to Jackson, “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,”.
The truth is that Jackson was eager to hire both women, but due to the fact that both Ms. Sorvino and Ms. Judd rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances, they were blackballed and Jackson was forced to cast other performers for the roles.
Pardon my french, but what the f*ck is wrong with Harvey Weinstein? It makes we wonder how breakable his ego is that he would prevent two talented female performers from working because they wouldn’t sleep with him? Weinstein is a bully; the truth about any bully is that they have deep emotional issues. They cover up those issues by being an a**hole to other people.
I am not a performer, nor do I have a desire to become a performer. But I have a sense of how difficult it is not only to start a career in Hollywood, but also how to sustain that career. I could apologize to both Ms. Sorvino and Ms. Judd, who are clearly gifted performers. But the word sorry can never do justice to the irreparable harm to their careers.
I can only hope that the culture of not just Hollywood, but America and the world will change. A woman will be seen for her abilities, in whatever career path she chooses and not for her body. She will be seen as a fully fledged human being who has the right to go to work without being sexually harassed and if she is harassed, it is her harasser who will take the blame and not the woman.
Hope is the key word here.