The Moral Emptiness of Hollywood Moms

There’s wide agreement that super creep and alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein’s harassment and abuse of women was an open secret. It’s a cliché, but it does appear that everyone and their mother knew about it. His victims certainly knew—Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, just to name a few. Other powerful … Continued

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Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood Whataboutism

Hollywood has evidently decided that the appropriate way to deal with the black eye that is producer Harvey Weinstein is with an eraser. That’s right. An industry blog, Deadline, reports that his company, The Weinstein Company, is looking to erase Weinstein’s name from the credits of movies and television shows he produced, and the Company … Continued

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What Harvey Weinstein Reveals About Hollywood Values

Harvey Weinstein is the latest powerful Hollywood executive to be accused of repeated sexual harassment. These aren’t just examples of dirty old men, however—these abuses have been covered up for decades, thanks to Hollywood’s toxic culture of fame, power, and sex. It’s a tale as old as Hollywood itself. A powerful producer calls a young … Continued

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Why Hollywood Should Rethink the Romantic Comedy

As far as romantic comedies (rom-coms) go, the reason women (and some men) like them is because they’re light, funny—and romantic, obviously. Who doesn’t get warm fuzzies during the scene at the end of You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan’s and Tom Hanks’ characters reunite after falling in love online yet feuding in real life? … Continued

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No, Hollywood, DACA Critics Are Not Evil

For over sixteen years, senators and congressmen have been trying to pass bills giving legal status to people who illegally immigrated to the United States as children. The latest iteration had a name with the initials D.R.E.A.M., so the beneficiaries of the proposed law became known as “DREAMers.” When the DREAM Act died in the … Continued

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Sorry, Hollywood, No One Wants an All-Female ‘Lord of the Flies’

It was only a matter of time. For a society obsessively preoccupied with all things sex-and gender-related, the announcement of an all-female film remake of Lord of the Flies should come as no surprise.  What was surprising was the fervent backlash Warner Brothers received upon breaking the news last week. Social media was instantly ablaze … Continued

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When Will Hollywood Tackle the Opioid Crisis?

The scale and scope of America’s opioid epidemic are hard to fathom. On August 10, President Trump formally declared the epidemic a national emergency, per the recommendation of his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. In its interim report, issued on July 31, the commission presented some horrifying numbers. For example: Drug … Continued

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