• Harvey Weinstein Rediscovers: Life Can Be Merciless; Actions Have Consequences

    Surge Summary: Accused sexual abuser and one-time Hollywood power-broker Harvey Weinstein is frustrated that his misbehaviors are causing everyone to forget all the supposed good things he said he’s done in the film industry. Unfortunately for the disgraced movie mogul, that’s too often how life works.

    Alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein, whose trial on rape and sexual assault charges commences in January, and who has reportedly reached a $25 million settlement with some of his accusers, still would prefer to be referred to as legendary Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

    We’re not exactly talking about rocket-science here, are we? Let’s see, “accused rapist” vs. “legendary Hollywood producer”. Which one should anyone want to go with?

    From Rob Quinn/Newser:

    In an interview with the New York Post, the 67-year-old former Hollywood muckety-muck — accused of assaulting or harassing at least 80 women — displayed what some would call a jarring lack of self-awareness. He gripes that he feels like the “forgotten man” – nobody’s talking about all the women he helped in the movie industry.

    “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue,” he said. “I did it first! I pioneered it!” But “it all got eviscerated because of what happened … My work has been forgotten.”

    The Post reveals that during the interview, Weinstein also referenced his charity work and social justice-themed films his companies produced. Nonetheless, he threatened to shut down the interview whenever he didn’t like a question.

    The BBC reports that 23 Weinstein accusers issued a statement after the interview, saying he won’t be forgotten—but he won’t be remembered the way he wants to be. “He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing,” they said. “He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough. We refuse to let this predator rewrite his legacy of abuse.”

    Regardless of whatever “good” Weinstein did or didn’t do, it’s plain his doggish antics overshadow it and will likely permanently do so. Actions have consequences, in case the past Tinsel Town hot shot has forgotten. If that life maxim has slipped his mind, he’s being reminded of it mercilessly at the moment.

    “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment/ And cause it to give off a foul odor/
    So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.”
    (Ecclesiastes 10:1/NKJV)

    “[T]ake note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23/NKJV)

    Once again, a contemporary situation affirms the timeless wisdom of God’s Word. In this case Harvey Weinstein is providing the jarring, confirmatory object lesson.

    H/T: Rob Quinn/Newser

    Image: Creative Commons; CC By-SA 2.0; Adapted from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyshek/9780134986


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