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Bigger and Uglier

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by baldilocks

… than Har­vey Wein­stein? Yes, it’s pos­si­ble.

The flurry of sex­ual harass­ment and assault alle­ga­tions against Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey Wein­stein con­firms an unset­tling truth that deep down we already knew. There’s a rea­son “cast­ing couch” has become a grotesquely ubiq­ui­tous term. We have long qui­etly assumed that big-​time movie pro­duc­ers exploit their power to sex­u­ally exploit women. We should have heeded the warn­ing signs. The smoke has been there for a long time. Of course the faint plumes were evi­dence of a fire rag­ing, a fire we both did not imag­ine and yet knew was burning.

An over­load of metaphors, but you get the idea. Heck, I knew about this a long time ago. But, the abyss is much deeper and darker.

In 2011, for­mer child star Corey Feld­man warned that pedophilia in Hol­ly­wood was “the big secret” and “the num­ber one prob­lem.” Feld­man alleged that he was abused and that his friend was raped on a movie set at the age of 11. But he didn’t just talk about instances of abuse. In a later inter­view, he described a sys­tem whereby young chil­dren were groomed by pow­er­ful older men who formed an orga­nized net­work, with “pub­li­cists” pro­vid­ing cover. He would “love to name names,” but feared the legal risks, he said.

Pre­cisely such an orga­nized sys­tem for groom­ing and abus­ing chil­dren is described by a doc­u­men­tary; one moles­ter described in the film pleaded no con­test to two counts of child molesta­tion, but the rest of the net­work has never been named, let alone inves­ti­gated or charged. The title of the doc­u­men­tary? An Open Secret.

I’m about half-​way through the doc­u­men­tary right now – rec­om­mended to me on the advice of a friend.

Most of us know that there are unspeak­ably hideous things going on in this world, but because the per­pe­tra­tors of these things hide them­selves so well, it’s easy to ignore the dirt, even if the slime is part of the finan­cial foun­da­tion of a city.

But no one is sur­prised. We saw how often child stars became screwed-​up adults and won­dered who screwed them (up). The words of Corey Haim and of Eli­jah Wood were just confirmation.

Mean­while, Har­vey Wein­stein has com­pleted his “sex addic­tion” ther­apy. I don’t even want to know what that entails, but I’d say that he addressed the wrong addiction.

He’s addicted to power and pride and if pride and power could be snorted or shot up, he would have been doing that and so would all the others.

Too bad they can’t. A lot more peo­ple would be able to sleep at night.

(Thanks to Dave Perkins)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

I think that a photo of a sinkhole captures the mood of this topic.

by baldilocks

… than Harvey Weinstein? Yes, it’s possible.

The flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein confirms an unsettling truth that deep down we already knew. There’s a reason “casting couch” has become a grotesquely ubiquitous term. We have long quietly assumed that big-time movie producers exploit their power to sexually exploit women. We should have heeded the warning signs. The smoke has been there for a long time. Of course the faint plumes were evidence of a fire raging, a fire we both did not imagine and yet knew was burning.

An overload of metaphors, but you get the idea. Heck, I knew about this a long time ago. But, the abyss is much deeper and darker.

In 2011, former child star Corey Feldman warned that pedophilia in Hollywood was “the big secret” and “the number one problem.” Feldman alleged that he was abused and that his friend was raped on a movie set at the age of 11. But he didn’t just talk about instances of abuse. In a later interview, he described a system whereby young children were groomed by powerful older men who formed an organized network, with “publicists” providing cover. He would “love to name names,” but feared the legal risks, he said.

Precisely such an organized system for grooming and abusing children is described by a documentary; one molester described in the film pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation, but the rest of the network has never been named, let alone investigated or charged. The title of the documentary? An Open Secret.

I’m about half-way through the documentary right now – recommended to me on the advice of a friend.

Most of us know that there are unspeakably hideous things going on in this world, but because the perpetrators of these things hide themselves so well, it’s easy to ignore the dirt, even if the slime is part of the financial foundation of a city.

But no one is surprised. We saw how often child stars became screwed-up adults and wondered who screwed them (up).  The words of Corey Haim and of Elijah Wood were just confirmation.

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein has completed his “sex addiction” therapy. I don’t even want to know what that entails, but I’d say that he addressed the wrong addiction.

He’s addicted to power and pride and if pride and power could be snorted or shot up, he would have been doing that and so would all the others.

Too bad they can’t. A lot more people would be able to sleep at night.

(Thanks to Dave Perkins)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!