John Oliver recently slammed Hollywood for inadvertently exposing the film industry's hypocrisy while trying to do damage control following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Last week, incendiary claims about the film producer's sexual misconduct came to light, including actor Angie Everhart's account of Weinstein allegedly breaking into her room during the Cannes Film Festival and masturbating in front of her. A story that she shared with members of the industry, who told her, "Oh, that's just Harvey."
"So everyone knew and they just went with it," an exasperated Oliver said yesterday on 'Last Week Tonight.' "Oh, yeah, Harvey's gonna burst into your room and masturbate. That's just Harvey. He's like a sex criminal version of the Kool-Aid Man."
But the era of turning a blind eye to people like Weinstein ended last weekend, when the Motion Picture Academy announced that their board of governors had voted to expel the producer from their ranks. "[T]he era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," the MPA proclaimed in a statement. Which sounds like a clear repudiation of Weinstein and anyone else who condones sexual harassment...until you look at some of the people who are still part of that group.
"Yes, finally, the group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out. So congratulations Hollywood, see you at the next Oscars where, and this is true, Casey Affleck will be presenting [the award for] Best Actress."
In 2010, Affleck was accused of repeatedly harassing two female co-workers during production of the movie 'I'm Not There.' So having him present that award is kinda like letting North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un hand out the next Nobel Peace Prize.
Check out the rest of Oliver's remarks in the above clip.