Late-night hosts blast Harvey Weinstein for 'monstrous', 'indefensible' behavior
Late-night TV roundup Late-night hosts blast Harvey Weinstein for 'monstrous', 'indefensible' behavior
Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers, addressed last weekâs report on the Hollywood producerâs decades of sexual h arassment
Late-night hosts on Monday addressed the New York Times report last week that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been fired from the Weinstein Company.
âNow, if youâre not familiar, Harvey Weinstein is responsible for The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love and other movies your mom liked in the 90s,â Stephen Colbert began. âWell, last week the New York Times published an explosive article detailing decades of sexual harassment claims against Weinstein. And today, Harvey Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein company.âLate-night hosts on Trump: 'He isn't content to botch just one crisis' Read more
âSome of the details of what Weinstein did are pretty terrible,â Colbert said. âFor example he apparently required some female employees to be present while he bathed. But that is nothing compared to this next one : a local reporter in New York said Weinstein forced her to watch him masturbate into a potted plant.â
âIf you ever have dinner at Harvey Weinsteinâs house, avoid the fresh basil,â Colbert quipped.
âThis is monstrous behavior that in a just world would not have been allowed to go on for decades,â the host continued. âIt is indefensible. Weinstein immediately defended it, saying, âI came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.â Weinsteinâs lawyers called him an âold dinosaur learning new waysâ.â
âA, thatâs no excuse,â Colbert replied. âB, dinosaurs did not touch themselves in front of employees. The T rexâs arms were way too short.â
Jimmy Kimmel also weighed in on the report about Weinsteinâs continued abuse of the women with whom he worked. Donald Trump Jr, the presidentâs son, tweeted at Kimmel this week inquiring about whether or not any late-night television hosts would address the allegations against Weinstein, a noted democratic donor who gave money to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
âThere was an exposÃ© in the New York Times about decades of sexual harassment accusations made against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein,â Kimmel began, before detailing his Twitter spat with the presidentâs son, in which Kimmel replied with a video of Trumpâs own infamous statement, in last yearâs Access Hollywood tape, about routinely sexually harassing women.
âThe insinuation was that we as part of the biased leftwing media propaganda machine wouldnât say anything about him because heâs a Democrat,â Kimmel said. âNever mind the thousands of jokes about Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton and all the other Billâs of that ilk. â
âNote to DJTJ, next time youâre defending your father and you think itâs a good idea to draw a comparison between him and a sexual predator, donât,â Kimmel quipped.
âI did promise a Harvey Weinstein joke,â he continued. âWhatâs the difference between Harvey Weinstein and the Pillsbury doughboy? When the Pillsbury doughboy offers you a roll, he doesnât ask you to watch him take a shower for it.â
Finally, Seth Meyers invited the women of his writing staff on the show to share their thoughts about Weinstein and the statement he released after the Timesâ report was published.
âIt was revealed that famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing women and then paying them to keep quiet about,â Meyers bega n. âAnd as stunning as the allegation are, equally stunning was the apology that Weinstein issued after the article was published. Here to comment are three of our writers: Amber, Ally and Jenny.â
âWe want to start by applauding the women who went on the record to detail Harvey Weinsteinâs terrible behavior,â one began. âSo far we know Weinstein reached cash settlements with eight women, and where there are eight, there are always more.â
The Late Night writers continued: âAnd whatever details you hear just know that means there are worse details we havenât heard. In his apology, he blamed disrespect of women on growing up in the 60s and 70s, which would be a good excuse if he came to the present via time machine. Did he not notice things have be en changing over the past 50 years?â
âTo make matters worse, he said he was going to go after the NRA and Trump, as if our shared politics makes his sexual assault OK,â one continued, before mocking Weinsteinâs deflections. ââHey, I saw a guy masturbate into a plant, but it was OK because he was wearing a Planned Parenthood button.ââGeorge Clooney says alleged Weinstein behaviour was 'indefensible' Read more
âWhen he got busted, Weinstein said âto make up for it, Iâm starting a scholarship for women directors,ââ the writers continued. âThatâs just him being around more women. Thatâs not the solution, thatâs the problem. Every woman in the American workforce has been harassed at some point. Whether itâs physical harassment or passing inappropriate comments, this is something women deal with every day.âTopics
- Late-night TV roundup
- Stephen Colbert
- Ji mmy Kimmel
- Harvey Weinstein
- Donald Trump Jr
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