Monday, January 8, 2018


Kirk Douglas on stage with daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones
 Not everyone, is seems, thought this year's Golden Globes show was a triumph for diversity,  women's activism and an outspoken condemnation of sexual harassment.
 In fact a Maureen Callaghan, writing in the right-wing New York Post thought just the opposite and concluded the "award for ultimate hypocrisy goes to...the Hollywood class of 2018."
 She wrote: "We were promised a reckoning, the leveling of a male-dominated industry that institutionalized the rape, abuse and harassment of women for decades.
  "Like so much Hollywood product, advance buzz was greatly exaggerated. Not one actor or actress, on the red carpet or on stage, made direct reference to their industry’s greatest monster — the one they boast of slaying yet still want to appease.
"Host Seth Meyers, in his opening monologue, was the only person in the room to mention him by name".
 Myers said: "Harvey Weinstein can’t be here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry — he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”
 "And how did these brave, crusading, black-garbed, pin-wearing celebrities respond?" asked Ms Callaghan. "They booed."
  Yes they did but for a very different reason. I was in the room and they booed at the mention of Weinstein's name.
 "Same when Meyers made a crack about the disgraced Kevin Spacey fumbling a Southern accent," says Ms Callaghan. "Even a tame Woody Allen joke fell flat," she writes adding: "It seems there’s no sexual predator who still doesn’t get Hollywood’s sympathy."
  Hasn't she seen the condemnation poured upon Weinstein, Spacey, James Toback, Brett Ratner and dozens of others?
  And, she says, "In perhaps the night’s most twisted hosanna, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas was honored with a standing ovation and special award. It didn’t take long for Twitter to light up over Douglas’s long-rumored rape of Natalie Wood when she was just 16."
  It was a rumour, Maureen. Nothing more. If people gave credence to 80-year-old unsubstantiated rumours then the names of virtually every old Hollywood star would be blackened.  
  She is certainly entitled to her opinion and the Post is to be lauded for flying in the face of public opinion by printing it.
  But for heaven's sake Maureen, get your facts right!



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