Most vile man in Hollywood?
If Harvey Weinstein is the most vile, could Scott Rosenberg be the bravest man in Hollywood?
Harvey Weinstein is apparently a vile human being. I’m just going on what I have read. I don’t know the man, but a lot of people do. Those who know him kept silent about his vile acts. Silence of the Lambs? Innocent as precious little lambs no doubt.
They kept silent because they didn’t want to hurt their own careers in Hollywood. The lights, the fame, the applause…the shame. Who would want to pass all that up?
Yes–Scott Rosenberg is the bravest man in Hollywood.
Superman ain’t got nothing on Scott.
I’m up early in the morning with another headache so I decided to get an early start on some writing. Still letting the coffee take effect so I browsed a couple of news headlines. Scrolling down the page, looking for anything to grab my attention, I came upon a headline I didn’t think I would ever see.
Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg says he knew all about Harvey Weinstein — and so did everyone else
“So did everyone else…”
That last part surely sent shock waves throughout the hidden filth of Hollywood. All those who were trying to hide now feel as naked as Adam and Eve after they took some fruit they should have left alone. Many are coming out now and saying they are appalled at what they heard about the Weinstein filth. They now feel brave enough to say something.
Now you feel brave?
Please excuse me while I laugh. You’re not brave, you’re covering your naked shame.
They say they were scared but now they are brave. Let’s applaud the brave because they love the applause. On second thought, let’s not. They aren’t brave, they were caught covering up the vile filth they were content to wade through on their way to fame and glory. If there’s a big pot of gold and awards at the end they were all in for that. If people got hurt along the way…too bad for them.
It’s been a shameful display of human pride.
Like Adam and Eve in the beautiful garden, everyone is running for cover. They are looking for fig leaves to cover their naked bodies. If they get caught they are quick to say they heard a few rumors but didn’t know how bad it was.
Scott Rosenberg is taking another route. He is doing what everyone should do when caught. Tell the truth.
In the garden, God wanted truth from Adam and Eve. They gave him excuses and pointed fingers at others while they adjusted their figs leaves. Does that sound familiar? It should, we all do it. We don’t have to live in Hollywood to ‘act’ like those ‘actors’ and ‘actresses’. It’s an act people. They have been covering up their filth with their beautiful fig leaves. We fawn over their beautiful gowns, songs, words, and pictures. We marvel at their grace but apparently from what Scott tells us–they all knew. It’s the world they chose to live in. It was their ‘cross to bear’ to see the things they did and keep quiet.
Hollywood under the spotlight
The headline revealed a stunning truth. Someone in Hollywood was telling the brutally honest truth about his own sins. He wrote, for the world to see, he was guilty of a shameful act. He used his real name and detailed many reasons why he didn’t tell the truth earlier.
He admitted to personal guilt, without blaming anyone else. He was to blame and he knew it.
To me it was a stunning admission. Who tells the truth anymore? Who tells the world they are wrong and have no one to blame but themselves. Harvey Weinstein, the shamelessly vile person who committed crimes against men and women in his decades-long career, was the subject of the article.
Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.
Below is the whole article. No need to worry about clicking somewhere. Read the whole stunning truth from the bravest man in Hollywood.
We’ve heard a lot of people in recent days swear that they didn’t know Harvey Weinstein was a serial sexual harasser whose behavior, beyond boorish, was sometimes criminal. Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, the Needham native whose first two movies, “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” and “Beautiful Girls,” Weinstein produced, is not one of those people.
In an epic Facebook post Monday to some of his followers, Rosenberg insisted everybody who came into contact with Harvey Weinstein knew — maybe not about the rapes alleged by some women — but certainly about a “pattern of overly-aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful. We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite. There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm. All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles.”
Rosenberg describes Weinstein’s behavior as “reprehensible,” but he also has had it with what he calls the “current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of [expletive] righteousness.”
Rosenberg claims many of the denials are coming from people who did, in fact, know.
“Because I was there. And I saw you. And I talked about it with you,” writes Rosenberg. “You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers. And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models. You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians. I saw you. All of you. God help me, I was there with you.”
So why didn’t he say something? Do something? The options were few, Rosenberg writes.
“What would you have had us do? Who were we to tell? The authorities? What authorities? The press? Harvey owned the press. The Internet? There was no Internet or reasonable facsimile thereof. Should we have called the police? And said what? Should we have reached out to some fantasy Attorney General Of Movie land? That didn’t exist,” he writes. “Not to mention, most of the victims chose not to speak out. Aside from sharing the grimy details with a close girlfriend or confidante. And if they discussed it with their representatives? Agents and managers, who themselves feared The Wrath Of The Big Man? The agents and managers would tell them to keep it to themselves. Because who knew the repercussions? That old saw ‘You’ll Never Work In This Town Again’ came crawling back to putrid life like a re-animated cadaver in a late-night zombie flick.”
Rosenberg acknowledges that being a friend of Weinstein’s had benefits — and they were substantial.
“Hell, Harvey once took me to St. Barth’s for Christmas. For 12 days! I was a broke-a** kid from Boston who had never even HEARD of St. Barth’s before he booked my travel. He once got me tickets to the seven hottest Broadway shows in one week. So I could take a new girlfriend on a dazzling tour of theater. He got me seats on the 40-yard-line to the Super Bowl, when the Patriots were playing the Packers in New Orleans. Even got me a hotel room, which was impossible to get that weekend,” Rosenberg writes. “He gave and gave and gave and gave. He had a monarch’s volcanic generosity when it came to those within his circle. And a Mafia don’s fervent need for abject loyalty from his capos and soldiers.”
But ignoring Weinstein’s misdeeds had serious consequences, Rosenberg writes.
“We were willing to overlook what the Golden Goose was up to, in the murky shadows behind the barn . . . And for that, I am eternally sorry. To all of the women that had to suffer this . . . I am eternally sorry . . . Their courage only hangs a lantern on my shame. And I am eternally sorry to all those who suffered in silence all this time. And have chosen to remain silent today.
“So, yeah, I am sorry. Sorry and ashamed,” he writes. “Because, in the end, I was complicit.
I didn’t say [expletive]. I didn’t do [expletive]. Harvey was nothing but wonderful to me. So I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut. And for that, once again, I am sorry. But you should be sorry, too.”
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
1 John 1:8-10
Walking in the Light
…8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us.…
The fig leaves don’t fit as well as you think.
Let’s applaud Scott Rosenberg for finding what appears to be genuine bravery, unless he’s just acting, like all the others…