Long gone are the days when Harvey Weinstein was best known as the producer of “Pulp Fiction.” The disgraced movie executive may not even be best remembered for sexually preying on aspiring young actresses then launching Putin-worthy smear campaigns against the ones he thought might expose his behavior. Instead his ultimate claim to fame might be that he was the first to fall during the #metoo moment.
Since the New York Times first broke the story about Weinstein on October 5, just two months ago, another 44 leaders in entertainment, politics, and media have been accused of some sort of sexual misconduct involving a professional colleague, according to an Associated Press analysis. More than half on this list are from the entertainment industry, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows what the term “casting couch” means. But almost a third are from the media.
I’d like to believe the early numbers aren’t representational of these industries writ large – it’s just a hunch, but I don’t think America has rooted out the entirety of sexual predators from Hollywood or Congress quite yet. Also, I think it’s reasonable to assume that the media would more vociferously investigate allegations of sexual misconduct than either politicians or entertainers. But on the other hand, maybe the numbers are representational, and they simply show many more people work in media than entertainment or politics. Keep in mind, the list categorized an Amazon executive as being a member of the media and didn’t include other corporate actors.
The most concerning aspect of the media list was the number of journalists on it. For my chart, I counted 8 people as media executives and 6 as journalists (or content creators) – Glenn Thrush (NY Times), Charlie Rose (PBS), Mark Halperin (ABC), Matt Lauer (NBC), Garrison Keillor (NPR), and Leon Wieseltier (The Atlantic).
In the entertainment industry, more actors have been accused than producers.
In politics, the numbers were so few the AP included state-level politicians. Included was George H.W. Bush, John Conyers, Al Franken, Roy Moore, three state legislators, and a staffer to the governor of Louisiana. It didn’t include Donald Trump, who was accused of sexual harassment prior to Harvey Weinstein.
The above pie charts don’t indicate much, if any, trends. Until you look at race. Of the 45 accused, 42 of them have been white.
And then there’s gender…