Another Hol­ly­wood case of ‘ev­ery­one knows’

The de­luded left gives Tin­sel­town preda­tors a pass and rages at those on the right

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

The Hol­ly­wood/Me­dia vol­cano is still spew­ing out its garbage. First, movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein, then news­man wun­derkind Mark Halperin, and now the thes­pian’s thes­pian Kevin Spacey face a spot­light even they don’t like. Three men from in­dus­tries that con­trol our cul­ture, bul­lies and lec­tur­ers all, al­legedly grab­bing and grop­ing what­ever vul­ner­a­ble woman, man or child might have the bad luck of catch­ing their eye. De­pend­ing on their predilec­tion, of course.

So we get another week and another Hol­ly­wood cho­rus of “ev­ery­one knew.” This time, ac­tor Kevin Spacey was caught when the light turned on. Another ac­tor, now in his 40s, al­leges how 30 years ago, the ac­tor and star of Net­flix’s “House of Cards,” phys­i­cally re­strained the then-14year-old and at­tempted to pres­sure him into sex. Mr. Spacey was 26 at the time and both were star­ring in Broad­way plays.

Mr. Spacey claims he has no mem­ory of the in­ci­dent, but is­sued an apol­ogy and claimed if it did hap­pen it was be­cause he was drunk.

That didn’t im­press co­me­dian Rosie O’Don­nell. She tweeted to Mr. Spacey on Mon­day, “u don’t re­mem­ber the in­ci­dent — 30 years ago? — [ex­ple­tive] u kevin — like Har­vey we all knew about u — I hope more men come for­ward.”

Like Har­vey, she says, they “all knew.” And?

Mr. Spacey shares some­thing else with Har­vey We­in­stein and the Hol­ly­wood where “ev­ery­one knows” about preda­tors in their midst but ac­cepts it: He’s a lib­eral and loathes Don­ald Trump.

In a per­fect ex­am­ple of the lib­eral prob­lem of pro­jec­tion, in May 2016, Mr. Spacey was en­ter­tain­ing at an AIDS ben­e­fit in Cannes when he de­clared then­can­di­date Don­ald Trump as some­thing less than hu­man.

The Guardian re­ported, “Kevin Spacey has laid into Don­ald Trump dur­ing a standup rou­tine at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, call­ing the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hope­ful a ‘dis­ease.’ Per­form­ing at an event to raise money for AIDS char­i­ties, Spacey opened his rou­tine dressed as the late talk show host Johnny Car­son. He told the au­di­ence that reg­u­lar host, Sharon Stone, was un­able to make it be­cause she was fight­ing a dis­ease, adding: ‘The name of the dis­ease is Don­ald Trump.’ ”

Says the man who, it is al­leged, has as­saulted nu­mer­ous young peo­ple, in­clud­ing the “loved one” of a news re­porter, and as the Daily Mail also re­ports, “Another friend of a vic­tim, Na­dine West, came for­ward on Mon­day to claim that a young man close to her was ‘groped’ by Spacey while work­ing along­side the ac­tor at the Old Vic in Lon­don.”

Alas, film­mak­ers, ac­tors and jour­nal­ists, it turns out we hardly knew ye. We were told you were our moral bet­ters; the ar­biters of right and wrong. Only you had the in­sight to in­struct us, the sav­age and dumb, in the more civ­i­lized ways of the world. Only you, with your red car­pets, fame, mil­lions of dol­lars, and cam­eras pointed at your faces, could be trusted to know what was best for all us rubes.

Poor Ro­man Polan­ski, he was unique for a while. For so long the film in­dus­try made it seem as though he was an out­lier, the only one in Hol­ly­wood who would vic­tim­ize some­one, let alone do a hor­ri­ble thing to a child. Yet we must as­sume he, and ev­ery­one else, knew full well he was part of a club. His crime was that he was caught. So, out damned spot, out, they said.

But vic­tims of Hol­ly­wood preda­tors kept pil­ing up, chil­dren grew up, and the in­ter­net gave those who were pre­vi­ously marginal­ized a way to speak up. Twit­ter has been a key com­mu­ni­ca­tion ve­hi­cle for many.

In what was con­sid­ered the first ma­jor Hol­ly­wood scan­dal, silent movie co­me­dian Fatty Ar­buckle was ac­cused of the rape and mur­der of ac­tress Vir­ginia Rappe. In Septem­ber 1921, ho­tel guests heard a scream­ing Ms. Rappe, and rushed to her res­cue.

The BBC re­ports, “Among the guests was Vir­ginia Rappe, a 30-year-old strug­gling ac­tress. … At some point, Ar­buckle and Rappe ended up to­gether in a bed­room from where, a few min­utes later, her screams were heard.

Kevin Spacey In what was con­sid­ered the first ma­jor Hol­ly­wood scan­dal, silent movie co­me­dian Fatty Ar­buckle was ac­cused of the rape and mur­der of ac­tress Vir­ginia Rappe.

“Guests rushed in to find Rappe, fully dressed, writhing in pain on the bed. Ar­buckle told them — it was a story he al­ways stuck to — that he had gone to use the bath­room where he found Rappe in a drunken faint on the floor. He had merely car­ried her to the bed and she had fallen off, in­sisted Ar­buckle.

“But then Rappe ut­tered the words that would damn the star: ‘He did this to me.’ ”

Ms. Rappe died a day later of a rup­tured blad­der. Many be­lieved the mor­bidly obese Ar­buckle had in­jured her while at­tempt­ing to rape her. He was ul­ti­mately ac­quit­ted, but shunned by the in­dus­try.

Th­ese sto­ries about the pow­er­ful in Hol­ly­wood aren’t new, and it’s not about be­ing straight or gay. Af­ter all, sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as­sault and rape have noth­ing to do with sex­ual at­trac­tion or de­sire, and ev­ery­thing to do with hu­mil­i­a­tion and con­trol, whether it be of adults or chil­dren. Up un­til now, the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries where the pow­er­ful con­trol not just some­one’s job, but their dreams and fu­ture, pro­tected it­self with en­forced si­lence. Men like Har­vey We­in­stein, Kevin Spacey and Mark Halperin are low-hang­ing fruit, the ones, we’re told, “ev­ery­one knows.” It’s time the “en­ter­tain­ment” in­dus­try fi­nally stops pro­ject­ing its is­sues and dis­plac­ing its rage onto politi­cal op­po­nents and fo­cus on its own ran­cid house. Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.


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