The hosts of “The View” took on the subject of sexual harassment allegations against ultra-liberal Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on Friday and Monday, making the scandal a wider message against such behavior rather than bashing Weinstein himself.
It was a very different reaction from the way they trounced on then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after his infamous ‘hot mic’ “Access Hollywood” audio was leaked a year ago.
Instead of making it all about Weinstein, co-host Joy Behar started off with a joke that added Trump and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly into the mix. This has been the liberal’s go-to method of talking about the disgraced Democratic donor: They always bring up Trump.
“Why is it that in all these high-profile cases, the guys have such a strange idea of what turns a woman on?” Behar asked as images of Trump, O’Reilly, and Weinstein transitioned onscreen. She continued, “Why do they think we want to be grabbed by the genitalia … or possibly scrubbed with a loofah or treated to the eye candy of watching him bathe?”
The audience loved her monologue, and so did co-host Sarah Haines, who approvingly added, “They don’t care about the other person,” as she made the issue about more than just Weinstein.
Co-host Paula Faris said there were “really bizarre accusations” against Weinstein and didn’t skimp on the use of the word “alleged” to describe his criminal acts.
Haines did talk about Weinstein’s explanation of being raised in the 1960s and ’70s when there were different social standards, and in carefully-worded comments, she added that regardless, it’s inappropriate and lacks “integrity” to ask someone “to watch me shower.” She avoided calling Weinstein out by name.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t on Friday’s show, but she started out on Monday by pointing out actress Meryl Streep’s condemnation of Weinstein. She noted that Streep wanted people to keep in mind that not everybody knew what was happening because not everybody knows Weinstein.
Behar joked that with Weinstein fired this week from his own company, he’ll have “plenty of time to take showers now,” which again got big laughs from everyone on stage and off.
New co-host Meghan McCain stepped in and slammed Hollywood for its relative silence over the Weinstein scandal:
“More actors have thanked Harvey Weinstein than God, according to a study by Georgia Institute of Technology. Let me tell you something, I worked at FOX for the past three-and-a-half years before I came here. I couldn’t go and get a bagel without someone talking to me about sexual harassment. People were very cruel, saying: ‘How could you still work there? How can you put yourself through this?’
“I don’t understand why the same standard isn’t being set to actors in Hollywood and actresses in Hollywood that somehow work with him. I’m surprised Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t said anything. She thanked him during her 2013 Golden Globes speech: ‘Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill … to get me up here today.’ He’s an incredibly powerful man; there are allegedly rumors everywhere, all over Hollywood … SNL not making a joke about it.”
But Goldberg came back with a let’s-wait-and-see approach as she avoided targeting Weinstein directly. Instead, she talked about the collective problem of sexual misconduct:
“Let’s be realistic. Let’s start with … this happened Thursday night, so it’s Monday morning. So, if we don’t hear anything else in the next day or two, I think I would be shocked. But I think people are assessing, you know? ‘What did I know, and did I know it? … Did I look the other way? Listen … we see this a lot. Women get harassed and have to make a decision. ‘Do I want to keep paying my bills, or do I suck it up and keep moving forward? Or, do I say something and then get smashed?’”
After more sexual harassment generalities from the other co-hosts, McCain pointed out how Rose McGowan’s Twitter posts show how traumatized her experience with Weinstein was. “I feel very bad for her because she seems very alone and she’s really reaching out, asking women to come forth, and there are a lot of crickets right now. And let me tell you, the media’s more than happy to dance on the grave of Bill O’Reilly and all the other sexual harassers in conservative media. I don’t understand why the same standards aren’t set in Hollywood.”
In response, the hosts noted the denials and admissions from Weinstein’s lawyers. Then Behar ended with a joke saying men should stop sending photos of their “stuff” to women, which had nothing to do with the Weinstein allegations.
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