It wasn’t too long ago news leaked that then-18-year-old Malia Obama would spend part of her gap-year before attending college interning for none other than Democrat bundler — and alleged sexual pervert — Harvey Weinstein.
Gossip site Page 6 enthused:
While the Obamas line up their post-White House plans, we hear that first daughter Malia Obama landed a plum gig — an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Sources buzzed about the gig before inaugural weekend.
Malia, 18, has already built up an impressive résumé in film and TV, even before she attends Harvard University later this year.
In 2015, she landed a summer internship on the set of HBO’s Lena Dunham series “Girls,” and she was seen delivering coffee to the series’ cast and crew in hip Williamsburg.
Vanity Fair added giddily:
Clearly, there’ll be a lot more for her to learn at the Weinstein Company: Harvey Weinstein is a notorious mover and shaker in Hollywood, a comeback kid whose producing prowess and reputation for waging fierce Oscar campaigns has inspired admiration, envy, and every other emotion on the spectrum. (His former assistant Leslye Headland, now a successful screenwriter and director in her own right, wrote a scathing 2008 play based in part on her experience working for Weinstein, called Assistance.)
It’s also a good thing that the internship won’t conflict with Malia’s schoolwork—because we know her parents never would have let that fly.
The Atlantic devoted an article to the open secret and Weinstein, writing:
David Carr, the late New York Times columnist, had hinted at that behavior, as well: “As the keeper of star-making machinery,” Carr wrote in a 2001 profile of the mogul for New York magazine, “Weinstein has re-engineered the media process so that he lives beyond its downsides.” In 2015, Gawker, following up on a story from 2012, invited readers to “Tell Us What You Know About Harvey Weinstein’s Open Secret."
Jokes were told in front of TV viewers about Weinstein.
The Daily Mail reports that Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” TV show had Jane Krakowski's sexpot character saying of Weinstein in a 2012 episode:
'Oh please, I'm not afraid of anyone in show business,' she tells Tracy Morgan's character Tracy Jordan.
'I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions... out of five.'
New York Magazine’s Frank Rich knew about Weinstein’s reputation and asked this question:
Biggest mystery of @nytimes Weinstein story: How exemplary parents like Obamas let their daughter work there. The stories were out there.
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) October 6, 2017
So it makes it even more worrisome that first daughter, Malia Obama, was allowed to go to work for a man who may have been a good fundraiser for the president and Hillary Clinton, but...
Weinstein came to the White House in 2013 and Michelle Obama gushed about what a “powerhouse” he was.
She said at the time:
"This is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse.”
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein.
And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
The Obamas haven’t yet made a public comment about their own daughter working for Weinstein, but like most good parents, they’ve probably sat her down and had a chat about it.