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This Hollywood Icon Was Accused of Rape. Why Did the Globes Honor Him?

What happened? 

Kirk Douglas, 101, has had a long and storied career in the movies, and he was honored with a standing ovation Sunday night at the Golden Globes. The “Bad and the Beautiful” and “Spartacus” actor presented this year’s Globe for Best Motion Picture Screenplay with daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones.

But as Twitter users reminded the world on Sunday night, Douglas also been accused of raping Natalie Wood when she was a young unknown actress. While the story has never been verified, Douglas is rumored to have raped Wood when she was just 16.

Wasn’t this year’s Golden Globes all about honoring assault survivors? 

Yes. The #MeToo movement aiming to give victims of sexual harassment and assault a voice was a big theme at this year’s awards ceremony, with men and women donning all-black to show their solidarity against sexual misconduct and abuse in Hollywood.

Glenn’s take: 

Hollywood’s stars should be ashamed that they looked the other way for so long and glorified powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey despite multiple reports that Weinstein assaulted women and Spacey preyed on teenage boys.

“If Hollywood was actually genuine in their interest to stop sexual assault, they would ask a lot of people to stay home,” Glenn said. “They should be embarrassed to attend the Golden Globes after the years where they condoned the actions … that everyone knew and never uttered a word.”

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and mostly everyone at the Golden Globes last night, all wore the same thing: lapel pins with the words “Time’s Up” on them.

They wore the pins to show their support for all those who have experienced sexual misconduct, especially in the entertainment industry.

How very brave of these celebrities to compromise the integrity of their designer outfits with a lapel pin!

Give me a break.

It’s just another empty gesture by the Hollywood elite.

They tried to make a meaningless, indulgent award show into something more than just a meaningless, indulgent award show and failed miserably.

If Hollywood was genuine in their interest to stop sexual assault, they would have stayed home.

They should be embarrassed to attend the Golden Globes after all the years they condoned the actions of their peers and never uttered a word.

But they can’t turn a chance to celebrate themselves down.

And when the host, Seth Meyers, joked about Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey’s demise, they boo-ed him.

They gave Kirk Douglas a standing ovation and special award even though he has long been rumored to have raped actress Natalie Wood when she was 16 years old.

Meryl Streep couldn’t say one bad thing about Weinstein all night, only vaguely referencing him by telling Ryan Seacrest, “I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance and it’s led to abuse and we want to fix that.”

How courageous!

It just goes to show that Hollywood has apparently not learned its lesson. They can dress in black and wear lapel pins, but that’s not adequate contrition for their sin of silence.

“Time’s Up” on your hypocrisy, Hollywood.

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