He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.
The tormentor becomes the tormented. Why do I get the feeling that, when it's all said and done, that will be the theme for the entire #MeToo movement? More specifically as it pertains to Hollywood. Asia Argento was one of the first and most outspoken accusers of Harvey Weinstein. It kicked off the global #MeToo movement with an avalanche of accusations across all industries.
But in terms of Hollywood, it also brought to light the dark side behind all the glitz and glamour. We've all grown accustomed to the virtue signaling of actors, actresses and everyone involved in the entertainment industry. They just love going on late night talk shows, preaching at awards shows and championing for a cause. Most of us keep our mouths shut… even when they do things like play hype man for Howard Zinn. The message Hollywood has been all too giddy in sending is this: Our virtue is greater than yours, and the rest of all you little people need to bask in how ridiculously awesome we are… oh and make sure and vote Democrat!
But back to Asia Argento. She began writing op-eds in publications like the Guardian and took her message political. She slammed right leaning political parties in Italy. She slammed President Trump. She wrote in April, just four months ago:
The exploitation of women has been central to each of their paths to power. Weinstein used his company to hunt for prey. Trump used the Miss USA Pageant to gain power and influence in the business and media world… For speaking truth to power, I have been called a whore, a liar, a traitor and an opportunist. The one thing I will not be though, the one thing none us will be, is silenced.
It turns out that "silenced" is something that her victim has decided that he will not be either. It came out just this weekend that Argento paid a former child actor $380,000 in hush money. Why? You'll never guess. Sixteen years after she was allegedly assaulted by Weinstein, she took an underage boy to a hotel room, got him drunk and sexually assaulted him. #MeToo is now coming for one of its founders.
When the dust clouds settle, I truly expect the black tar on the Hollywood soul will finally be exposed.
Those who shout the loudest are often times the ones most guilty. Weinstein brought a nationwide spotlight on something that everyone in Hollywood already knew. They just didn't want it out in public… until now.
When the dust clouds settle, I truly expect the black tar on the Hollywood soul will finally be exposed. But I also truly expect they'll continue their virtue signaling. The question now is, will we keep buying it?