Emma Thompson says Harvey Weinstein should be labelled a “predator” — rather than just a “sex addict” — and that his behaviour is indicative of an “endemic” culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood.
Appearing on BBC Newsnight, Thompson said Weinstein is “at the top of the ladder” of a “system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference and […] pestering.”
The actress noted that one of the big problems in this system is “that there are so many blind eyes” who remained silent about Weinstein’s history. “We can’t keep making the women to whom this happens responsible,” she said.
Thompson told presenter Emily Maitlis that “of course” there are “many” other men like Weinstein in the industry. “I don’t think you can describe him [Weinstein] as a sex addict, he’s a predator,” she said. “That’s different.”
“What we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behaviour, and the fact that it is not only OK, but it also is represented by the most powerful man in the world right now,” said Thompson who was making a reference about Donald Trump.
But, this culture of sexual harassment is far from unique to the film industry. Thompson said that if you were to speak to any woman over the age of 15, “they will all have a story to tell you about some kind of harassment.”
“This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial,” said Thompson.