#MeToo Wipes TV Off Despicable Big Wigs
After Harvey Weinstein got kicked out of the Academy over sexual misconduct, several women dared to come forth and narrate their own brushes with inappropriate sexual behavior. Since the Harvey case was highly publicized, it rendered a general idea that voices are now being heard. After the case went viral back in October 2017, there was a general breakout of sexual harassment allegations by millions of women around the globe who had at some instance faced alike traumatic experience in their life but had never had the audacity to speak about it, fearing the negative responses they might entail.
Women came along social media from at least 85 different countries and took the world by storm via strong, condensed note #MeToo – a social media hashtag used by women to demonstrate they have been wronged. With the ongoing Kavanaugh crisis, the momentum of this social revolution is palpable. Whether justice will be served in the particular case remains a dubious question. But the sea of righteous power that has encroached the fort of façade is formidable enough to not go away without drowning along the evil it was aimed at.
The movement has sparked an avalanche of accusations against high-profile men in media, politics, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood, all with varying degrees of repercussions. Let’s take a look at the biggest takedowns by #MeToo.
CBS was left parentless when at least a dozen women hurled accusations of sexual assault against its former CEO Les Moonves. Moonves was hypocritically engulfed in the eradication of the issue and had made several public statements expressing his support for the movement. His victims did not want such impurity to contaminate the noble cause through his deception. Hence, they fired back at him with his past deeds. Though Moonves categorically denied all allegations, he was forced to step down from the CBS office, and 20 million dollars out of his final remuneration will be deducted to support the cause of #MeToo.
Eight different women have accused Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman of sexual assault. These women, who were mostly occupied in Freeman’s films, mentioned that the 80-year-old actor would make bizarre comments about their breast, bottoms, and undergarments and would regularly discuss the anatomy of the female body with them in an uncannily quirky way. Morgan only partially dismissed the complains categorizing his comments as ‘humor’. He did apologize and was dropped by his legal team and Visa. His lifetime achievement award is being reconsidered.
America’s biggest standup comedian of The Cosby show fame Bill Cosby was accused of rape and sexual assault. Earliest allegations against him date back to the 1960s. Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago. Cosby, once known as “America’s Dad,” was convicted in April of aggravated indecent assault. His attorneys have filed an appeal in the case. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 plus the costs of prosecution as part of the sentence.
Another Academy Award-winning actor, popular for Netflix series ‘ House of Cards’ was accused of sexual misconduct by sixteen people including Anthony Rapp, Heather Unibrow, Ari Behn, Tony Montana. He has reportedly assaulted both men and women. In the midst of the allegations, filming was suspended on the sixth and final season of House of Cards. Netflix severed all ties with him and dropped plans to create a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey. On November 1, 2017, Spacey stated that he would be seeking “evaluation and treatment” for his behavior. His case is under investigation at the moment.