Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and other co-hosts took a cautious approach on the ‘Hot Topic’ of sexual harassment allegations laid against Harvey Weinstein. However, new panelist Meghan McCain — on her first day — blasted Weinstein and the media for hypocrisy, comparing the coverage the movie mogul has received to former FOX News host Bill O’Reilly.
“Let me tell you something,” McCain began. “I worked at FOX for the past three-and-a-half years before coming 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 could 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 worked 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,” she said. “There are allegedly rumors everywhere all over Hollywood. ‘SNL’ not making a joke about it.”
Whoopi Goldberg put a halt to McCain and said that people aren’t being quiet, they are “assessing” the situation.
“Let’s be realistic,” the host said. “They started on Friday. 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?”
“And listen, you know, 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 need to suck it up and keep moving forward? Or do I say something and get smashed on the outside?” Whoopi said about women rationalizing sexual assault.
“I was curious about all of this and I read Rose McGowan’s Twitter and she’s clearly a woman who is traumatized from her experience with him. And 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,” McCain said.
“Let me tell you, the media is 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 standard isn’t applied to Hollywood,” McCain added.
“Give it a minute,” co-host Joy Behar responded.
“We have to say that Weinstein does deny many of the accusations as patently false. He’s apologized for his misconduct and he said he is going to sue The New York Times for defamation for $50 million. So we’ll see,” co-host Sunny Hostin said. …read more