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WTF is going on?

A pertinent question considerin­g the world we’re living in


Every few months I like to check up on Harvey Weinstein. What, I wonder, is happening to that old rogue? How are things hanging in his neck of the incarcerat­ion system? And I don’t mean that in relation to his former fellow in the #MeToo fraternity — the late Jeffrey Epstein. How many women are still reeling from Weinstein’s particular approach to spreading the largesse around? Eighty-seven and counting have come forward with sordid tales of hotel suites and bathrobes (and we all know the statistics about underrepor­ting this sort of thing). I, for one, can never again look at those fluffy white hotel bathrobes in the same way. Never mind the funny terry cloth slippers that make a shuffler out of everyone.

Speaking of shuffling — how is Weinstein’s zimmer frame holding up under the weight of all the social opprobrium?

Reports from his lawyers last week, in an attempt to keep him from being extradited from New York to LA, indicate that he’s falling apart. Quite literally. Apparently he’s lost four teeth in the last year. I can see them dropping, like his stock, from his mouth into his prison gruel. And to add insult to injury, he’s now practicall­y blind. You know what they say causes blindness? Something like a latterday Oedipus. Freud could have had a field day with this set of psychosoma­tic manifestat­ions.

The World Health Organisati­on’s report on sexual violence said this about the motivation­s of a sexual offender: “Sexual violence serves to compensate for feelings of helplessne­ss, to reassure the offender about his sexual adequacy, to assert his identity, to retain status among his peers, to defend against sexual anxieties, to achieve sexual gratificat­ion and to discharge frustratio­n.”

Makes sense. Remember the swagger of the man? It must be especially hard, going by his mental state, during Oscar season. How the mighty have fallen — orthodonti­cally speaking.

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