Saturday, October 14, 2017

It's Popular to be a Champion of Women, but what about the Children?

In light of the Harvey Weinstein story, broken by Ronan Farrow, people feign shock and surprise that this could have happened in Hollywood. By God, we are so outraged by this because women were taken advantage of, raped and threatened in order to keep their silent secret, yet we have a group that barely anyone is looking at. The number of children raped in Hollywood circles for decades is, was and may forever be permanently swept under the rug.

It isn’t that this author doesn’t believe these women should have justice, but it is a greater belief that children were the greatest victims of all in the business of Hollywood. If you want your child to be a star, rather than consenting to let that child be passed around like a paid hooker at a bachelor party, maybe protect your child. After all, isn’t that the job you were given the day you knew that you were going to be a parent?

Why are we not talking about the depravity of Hollywood concerning children? These kids had no power to stop, report or ability to fight off their predators. Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Todd Bridges, Joey Coleman, Samantha Geimer, Michael Egan, Alisan Arngrim and Evan Henzi. One of the most famous cases is that of Dylan Farrow who was molested by Woody Allen, only a handful of people believed her. As a reminder, it was Ronan Farrow, her brother, that broke the Weinstein case wide open. He is a champion for his sister and I can’t say enough how much I admire his tenacity in showing everyone exactly what Hollywood is all about, and a factual account, not news based on personal opinion.

Think about this for just a moment. Roman Polanski sexually assaulted a young girl after the girl’s mother dropped her off to be photographed by Polanski. Was the mother innocent in this case, no. Any mother that would not insist on being present when her daughter was going to be alone with a man who was going to photograph her is just as culpable. Polanski jumped on a plane and flew away to take refuge in another country so as not to face his punishment for said incident.

As if that were not bad enough, Polanski, post-escape, won an Oscar and got a standing ovation from his colleagues. This alone should have told everyone how depraved Hollywood is. Polanski will never step foot in the United States again, unless he somehow sneaks in. That’s not enough, but that’s where it stands.

Why, then, are we so shocked and put out that this happens to adult women? It’s not as if people didn’t know these things went on in Hollywood. The real question is, why have people acted as though it didn’t happen. Hollywood goes about it’s business, as people keep the dirty, but well-known, secrets and people around the globe only get outraged when it’s popular to stand up for women’s rights?

Whatever the case may be, if you aren’t outraged more by the fact that this happens to small children who have no voice, no way to get help because even their parents don’t protect them, then you have no right to be outraged because it’s popular to be a champion for women. Thank you, Ronan Farrow! You made no bones about it and you now have people talking about what happened to your sister, simply because you brought this to light. That’s bravery!

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