"This is a Watershed Moment for Society" said George Clooney yesterday on his movie premier in Los Angeles.
And it looks that the Hollywood star is right. The world of seventh art is shaking by the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations made public against Weinstein and others including former Amazon chief Roy Price, and director James Toback.
Victims of sexual harassment, mostly Hollywood stars, have been encouraged lately to speak out. Social media, especially New York Times, and Alyssa Milano's #MeToo campaign helped artistes including Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Patricia Arquette, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen to spoken out in one way or another.
Woody Allen believes that this new wave of rapist persecutor has created a "witch hunt atmosphere" in Hollywood
But George Clooney disagrees with Woody, "The reality is it's not a witch hunt to these women who were trapped in a hotel room and told they were going to get a part and then suddenly here comes Harvey Weinstein in his birthday suit. That's an assault. It's not just Hollywood it's all of society and we're going to have to come to terms with it because we haven't yet."
On Sunday, at Los Angeles premiere of Suburbicon, Clooney had a very interesting and critical question for the defenders of our society, "It's infuriating when I read stories about reporters who did investigations and didn't print it for ten years. Then you go, "Why didn't you print that story? And I would like to know who brought actresses up to Harvey Weinstein's room and then left."
Matt Damon is convinced that our society is undergoing through a major change without type of Weinstein behavior.
“If somebody as powerful as Harvey can be brought down by this what we need is for it to filter all the way down to somebody who is a single mom and a waitress who is getting harassed while she's punching out [of work] and she's afraid to speak up because she's going to lose her job and she needs her job. What we need is for her to be able to say, 'I'm allowed to speak up because this is wrong.' That's hopefully where this is going."
Demon believes that our society need these kind of “brave women who stepped up first and who took that chance and made their voices heard allowed all of these other women to understand they're not alone.”
The Hollywood actor Matt Demon, declared proudly yesterday that his world in the seventh art is surrounded by lots of great men who don't use their power in Weinstein way. “I like to feel that women have always felt safe in the environments I've worked in and the men that I've worked with, the George Clooneys and the Steven Soderberghs [where] the workplace is sacred and valued and equal and fair." Demon said and concluded,
"Everybody's got a new awareness about it now."