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If there's anything Hollywood does better than preach to the rest of us from its lofty perch of sanctimonious self-righteousness, it's boycotts. Oh, and expressing “solidarity” with one cause or another.
So as Hollywood reels in the wake of mega-producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse scandal blowing up in his face like an exploding cigar, celebrities and other Hollywood-types are rushing to condemn him — and defend his accusers.
Never mind that years of accusations by young women against Weinstein amounted to the worst-kept secret in Hollywood. Now that the castle has finally been stormed and the mighty king dethroned, it's safe to come out of the hypocritical closet.
Hence, the birth of the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, in support of actress Rose McGowan, among the first to charge Weinstein with inappropriate sexual behavior.
McGowan tweeted on Thursday that Twitter had suspended her account for 12 hours, suggesting the temporary ban was in response to her blistering tweets against colleagues Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for allegedly covering for Weinstein for years, as IJR previously reported.
Apparently, #WomenBoycottTwitter bought the whole thing: hook, line, and sinker.
Wrong. According to Twitter, McGowan's account was suspended because one of her tweets included a private phone number, which is a violation of Twitter policy.
Nonetheless, “commoners” jumped on the hashtag Thursday, as word spread that Hollywood stars would launch their Twitter boycott on Friday.
Actress Alyssa Milano announced the boycott, as well:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 13, 2017
Twitter being Twitter, some users were quick to point to the irony of the boycott:
Yeah. This should make up for you covering for Harvey.
— Vince Gottalotta (@VinceGottalotta) October 13, 2017
“For the women who have been silenced” and you're gonna help that by continuing to be silent???
— NOT Gary Payton (@NotGPayton) October 13, 2017
I wasn't silent when I was molested by a professor, and I won't be silent now. Have fun, Hollyweird. You were silent for too long.
— 💎 Erin 💎 (@heartsabustin) October 13, 2017
I'd like to see more people #boycotthollywood in protest of the culture that perpetuated the behaviour of people like HW....
— Jen (@demongrrl51) October 13, 2017
Same Hanoi Jane Fonda Who Marched In Women's March Knew Harvey #Weinstein Was A Rapist & Said NOTHING..
— Deplorable🤠Rāzərbak (@MediaJuggernaut) October 13, 2017
— JAMES ROSSI 🇺🇸 (@THEJAMESROSSI) October 13, 2017
And PinkAboutIt pointed to another form of Hollywood hypocrisy and that of “feminists” as a whole: shaming conservative women who dare leave the liberal female “plantation” where they apparently “belong”:
— PinkAboutIt 🇺🇸 (@Pink_About_it) October 13, 2017
Finally, veteran actress Tippi Hedren, mother of actress Melanie Griffith, shared her experiences in Hollywood — and what she did about it:
— Tippi Hedren (@Tippi_Hedren) October 11, 2017
Meanwhile, the disgraced Weinstein will reportedly challenge being fired by the company he co-founded — and may very well have ultimately destroyed.
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